Library Workshops

The library has a very active instruction program. Faculty are invited to schedule one or more of our sessions for their courses. With the exception of Research Basics, these generally last an hour and take place in the computer lab on the 13th floor although some can be held in your classroom. We offer a wide range of session types.

Research Basics. In this quick 15-minute session, we give students an overview of doing research using the MassArt library. We can tailor this session to your course, emphazing the most relevant tools. Research Basics can either happen in the library (in which case it includes a brief tour of the physical space) or in your classroom. (Taught by Greg or Abi.)

Research Investigations. In this 1-hour session, we go more in depth with research. Students who have chosen research topics receive a brief tutorial on using the library catalog and databases. The bulk of the session is devoted to hands-on work, with students doing research as the librarian makes the rounds and meets with each of them to offer tips and assistance. Research Investigations takes place in the library classroom/lab on the 13th floor of Tower. (Taught by Greg or Abi.)

Intro to Artists' Books. In this hands-on workshop, students are presented with selections from the library's collection of artists' books. Included are works by Robert Rauschenberg, Sol LeWitt, Ai Weiwei, Julie Chen, and Ed Ruscha. Students learn about design, concept, and book construction processes. Takes place in the Library. (Taught by Rachel or Greg.)

Color Explorations. Students explore antique devices illustrating the color theories of Albert Munsell, former MassArt faculty member, who is sometimes regarded as the founder of modern color science. They also experience original silkscreen plates from Josef Albers' Interaction of Color. These plates illustrate Albers' argument that color is relative: our perception of a color is determined by its environment as well as by its own properties. Takes place in the Library. (Taught by Greg.)

Copyright for Artists. A workshop that deals with the ethics and legality of appropriating art. Students learn about copyright, fair use, Creative Commons licensing, and ethical norms within the art world while examining real-world cases of appropriation. Takes place in the Library or in your classroom. (Taught by Greg.)

WordPress Essentials. MassArt users have access to a WordPress network at Students, faculty, and staff can use this service to build course sites, blogs, e-portfolios and more. This session provides students with a walk-through of how to set up and manage a WordPress site. (Taught by Caitlin or Greg.)

Intro to Photo Books. Students view rare photography books and portfolios from the library's special collections including works representing the art of George Tice, Paul Stand, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sophie Calle, and William Eggleston. (Taught by Rachel.)

Intro to Graphic Novels. Students participate in a presentation on MassArt's burgeoning collection of comics and graphic novels. They learn about the history of the art form, consider issues of style and narrative, while looking at a broad range of selections. (Taught by Abi or Katie.)

To request a class

Fill out our web-based request form to arrange for a class or series of classes. You can also contact Greg directly at