Library Workshops

The library has an active and varied instruction program. Faculty are invited to schedule one or more of our sessions for their courses. These typically last an hour and take place in the library although some can be held in your classroom. We offer a wide range of session types:

Research Workshop I. Designed for the students enrolled in "Thinking, Making, Writing," MassArt's first-year writing course. Students receive a tour of the library and a tutorial on doing college-level research as well as help in finding sources on pre-selected topics.

Research Workshop II. Students in courses outside "Thinking, Making, Writing" visit the library to do hands-on research on pre-selected topics with guidance from a librarian. The librarian may provide a tutorial on the online catalog and select databases as needed.

Artists' Books Workshop. Students are introduced to selections from the library's collection of artists' books. Included are works by Robert Rauschenberg, Sol LeWitt, Ai Weiwei, Julie Chen, and Ed Ruscha. 

Color Theory Workshop. An introduction to the influential color theories of Albert Munsell, former MassArt faculty member, through a set of antique devices designed by him. Students also learn about color theory by looking at original 1963 silkscreen plates from Josef Albers' Interaction of Color

Copyright for Artists. A workshop that deals with the ethics and legality of appropriating art. Students learn about copyright law, fair use, and Creative Commons licensing.

WordPress Essentials. This session shows students how to set up and manage a WordPress website using

Poster Workshop. The library has a large collection of posters from the 1970s to now, many with political themes. In addition to viewing the posters, students reflect on what makes an effective graphic statement.

Graphic Novels Workshop. A presentation on MassArt's rapidly growing collection of comics and graphic novels.  

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