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.
CALENDAR AND CLASS SCHEDULE INFO
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.
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 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.
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 draw their way through early Challenges, paint their way through middle Challenges, and explore three-dimensional design in later Challenges. Inspiration comes from a diverse collection of artists, cultures and historic periods.
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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Cherry Court Studios
7210 McKnight Road, Suite 203
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237
“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.”
Sunday, September 8
Fall Semester Begins
Thursday, November 28
Thanksgiving, Studio Closed
Thursday, December 19
Fall Semester Ends
Cherry Court Studios
2019 Scholastic Regional Award Winners!
Congratulations National Medal Winner
Akshaya Sudhakar was awarded a National Silver Medal for her acrylic painting “So Little Yet So Much.” She was also one of nine seniors honored for outstanding portfolios submitted to the Pittsburgh Arts Region 2019 Scholastic Competition.
- Jason Ma, grade 7, (1H)
- Eleanor Park, grade 9, (1H)
- Brooke Schmitz, grade 11, (1S), (1H)
- Emily Seiff, grade 7, (1S)
- Akshaya Sudhakar, grade 12, (1G), (2S), (1H)
- Zoe Trexel, grade 8, (1G), (1H)
- Hanson Wu, grade 10, (1G), (4H)
- Anker Zhao, grade 9, (1H)
- Qingqing Zhao, grade 11 (1H)
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.
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."
"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."
"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."
SCHOLASTIC GOLD AWARDS
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