Beyond the Spectrum is a specially designed program for children and teens on the autism spectrum and their families.

In-person classes meet on select Saturdays from 10:30 am–12 pm. Each class consists of a gallery tour focusing on a few specific artworks, followed by an art-making activity in the classroom.


Beyond the Spectrum (age 8–12)

Classes offered for 8 to 12-year-olds feature close looking and discussion about artworks led by an experienced instructor, followed by a creative art-making workshop. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate. Classes meet one Saturday per month.

Beyond the Spectrum Teen Studio (age 13–18)

Classes offered for 13 to 18-year-olds focus on specific art topics and incorporate discussion, critical inquiry, and art making. Students will look at and discuss MFA artworks, and then work independently on a project with guidance from an experienced instructor. Caregivers and parents are welcome to attend and participate. Classes meet one Saturday per month.

Class Information

To enroll your child in Beyond the Spectrum online classes, please purchase tickets through the event listing below. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and are only available online. Tickets for the current week's class will only be available for sale until 1 pm on the Wednesday before the class.

When you purchase a class ticket, you will receive your tickets via email. You can print your tickets at home or show them on your mobile device when you arrive at the museum. You will receive a confirmation email with information on how to get to the museum, where to enter, and how to get to the classroom.

A minimum of five participants is required in order for the class to run. We regret that at this time we cannot accommodate more than 25 enrolled participants per class. Parents/caregivers will receive an e-mail confirmation or be notified of cancellations and full classes, and will have the opportunity to apply their child's ticket to a future program date if a class is cancelled.

Face coverings are required throughout the Museum even if you are fully vaccinated. Disposable masks will be available to visitors should they arrive without one. A student who does not comply may be asked to leave.

Students are encouraged to take brief mask breaks as needed, and should step briefly into the hallway to take a break.

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Artful Healing is supported by the June Nordblom Robinson Fund, Norman and Heewon Cerk, and Peter F. Kiely. With thanks also for the support of the Claudy family.