Colorful Possibilities

Cherry Court Studios, located in Pittsburgh, PA, offers art classes for kids in grades 5–12, including classes for the unique developmental needs of middle school. Programs support many academic goals including portfolio development, enrichment, exploration, and early advantage studies.

General Info

Instructor: Marianne Massucci
Grade Levels: 5-12
Our Policies
Our Curriculum



Click HERE to view the CCS calendar. The calendar marks semester start and end dates, the daily schedule, days the studio is closed, early-bird discount deadlines, class times, open studio times, and the end-of-session make up times.


We offer three sessions per year. Fall semester begins the week following Labor Day. Spring semester begins the second week in February. Summer session begins the third week in June. Click HERE to view the full CCS calendar.

Class Length and Frequency

Fall and spring classes meet once a week for 14 weeks, 1 ½ hours per class. Students may also remain for an optional 45-minute open studio. Summer session classes meet once a week for 7 weeks. Classes are 3 hours long. Click HERE to view the full CCS calendar.

Make Up Classes

Students who miss classes have two options for make up. They may attend any identical class that remains open. (Classes that have reached full capacity and are marked closed on the registration page are not available for make up.) Students may also attend make up sessions at the end of the semester. The studio will remain open at regular times for two weeks following the end of each semester. Click HERE to view the full CCS calendar.

Open Studio

Students may remain for an additional 45-minute open studio. Students in grades 5 and 6 use open studio when they need more work time, remaining an additional 15, 30 or 45 minutes as needed. Students in grades 7 through 12 use open studio to make more progress on their projects. Click HERE to view the full CCS calendar.

Registration Periods

Registration for each semester will begin one month prior to the start of each semester. Early-bird deadlines provide a tuition discount when registering on or before that date. The spring semester early-bird deadline is January 31. The Spring session begins Sunday, February 3. Click HERE to view general registration information.

Art Instruction for Kids

Students in grades 5 and 6 are invited to try our IMAGINE program. Classes engage students to expand their creative zone by exploring new possibilities in the areas of drawing, painting and sculpture. The program’s goal is to build confidence in the student’s creative ability, exercising problem-solving skills, improving design and rendering skills, exploring new media, artists & cultures, thinking outside the box, and appreciating the artist’s task.

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Students entering grades 7, 8, and 9 can begin our FUN-damentals of Design course called ART CHALLENGE, which expertly guides them through a sequentially arranged series of creative problems. Students design their way through early Challenges, draw their way through middle Challenges, and paint their way through later Challenges. Inspiration comes from a diverse collection of artists, cultures and historic periods.

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Students entering grades 8 and older who have completed at least 12 Challenges can study ART & TECHNOLOGY. Classes explore Adobe Photoshop, turning ordinary photos into fantasy images. The remaining classes explore special effects in CorelDraw.

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Students entering grades 9 and up who have completed at least 12 Challenges may choose our advanced INTENSIVE SKILL DEVELOPMENT program. Students train their eyes to observe and record, while exploring the artist’s role as visual poet. Students draw and paint still life, people, and environments.

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Upper School for high school students in grades 10 – 12 is dedicated to PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT. Studies include the completion of INTENSIVE SKILL DEVELOPMENT, CREATIVE EXPLORATION OF MEDIA, PERSONAL STYLE, and IN-DEPTH STUDY.

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Video courtesy of Tom Nypaver


Cherry Court Studios
7210 McKnight Road, Suite 203
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237


Registration is now open for fall. 

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“Our foundation enrichment program will enhance learning that follows in high school and college. Each student is mentored according to his or her unique personality, learning style, and combination of talents.”

Marianne Massucci


Important Dates

Sunday, February 2

Spring Semester Begins

Sunday, April 12

Easter Sunday, Studio Closed

Sunday, May 24

Spring Semester Ends

Cherry Court Studios

2020 Scholastic Regional Award Winners!

Congratulations Gold Key Portfolio Winner

Brooke Schmitz received a Regional Gold Key Portfolio Award for her series of eight works “For the Love of Food.” See Brooke’s award winning work on our Facebook page.


  • Alexa Berman, grade 10, (1 H}
  • Alex Chow, grade 8, (1 G), (2 H)
  • Caroline Gentile, grade 9, (1 H)
  • Jaimee Joshi, grade 9, (1 H)
  • Jason Ma, grade 8, (1 S)
  • Jefferson Mei, grade 11, (1 H)
  • Eva Nypaver, grade 11, (1 S)
  • Eleanor Park, grade 10, (1 H)
  • Brooke Schmitz, grade 12, (G-P), (4 G), (4 S)
  • Zoe Trexel, grade 9, (1 H)
  • Claire Wahlenmayer, grade 8, (1 G)
  • Hanson Wu, grade 11, (1 G), (1 H)
  • Hanna Wang, grade 9, (1 H)
  • Yiming Zhao, grade 11, ( 2 G), (1 S), (2 H)
  • Qingqing Zhao, grade 11, (2 G), (1 S)

G=Gold Key, S=Silver Key, H=Honorable Mention


by Marianne Massucci

Cherry Court Talk-Shop

This blog is for passionate pre-college artists, their families, mentors and supporters. Topics cover tips for building award-winning portfolios as well as best practices for the study and production of art grades 5 through 12.

By Marianne Massucci  /  October 4, 2018

The Emergence of a Personal Vision

... and five characteristics of art students who develop one. Each fall, young artists submit their artwork to Scholastic Art...
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By Marianne Massucci  /  October 4, 2018

Launching Your Tween Artist on a Path to the Stars

Ten Dos and Don'ts for Planning Age Appropriate Art Activities I’ve never witnessed more confusion among parents concerning art education,...
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By Marianne Massucci  /  October 4, 2018

Supplemental Art Classes Are Essential for Gifted Middle School Artists

Evan is turning twelve and will enter the seventh grade in September. He loves to draw and especially likes creating...
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What Alumni are Saying

"Best student art program around. Thank you, Marianne, for all you have done to encourage and teach my daughter. I sincerely believe that she would not have been able to accomplish as much as she has been able to accomplish to date, without you."

Amy K.

"Through college and in my personal life I’ve used so much of what Miss M taught me from designing CD labels for my music to creating original artwork for my personal website. Art will always be an important part of everything I do."

Sean N.

"Thank you for everything! You are a great teacher and I have learned so much from you over the years. You have certainly inspired me to pursue a degree/career in art! Thanks for helping me to discover my passion."

Catie D.





Get In Touch

Location: 7210 McKnight Rd, Ste 203, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237

Telephone: (412) 334-2567


Visit Us! We’re always open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Cherry Court Studios does not discriminate in its program of education on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or handicap/disability. Our Policies