Drawing at School: 1870 – 2020

150 years ago on May 16, 1870, Massachusetts passed An Act relating to free instruction in drawing, which has become known as the 1870 Drawing Act. This declared drawing instruction a vital part of public school education. Today, the MAEA would like to celebrate the progress art education has made over those 150 years. 

What classifies as drawing?
We will accept all artwork made with “dry” drawing materials. These include pencil, crayon, pastel, colored pencil, marker, sharpie, pen and ink, scratch paper, digital drawing, and others. We will not be accepting any work that includes the use of paint. If you have any questions about this, please email exhibitions@massarted.com

Exhibit Dates to be Determined

Please note we have had to make adjustments to this exhibit. It was previously planned to be installed during April vacation. We are hoping to run the exhibit during the summer, but with most schools not currently in session, the exact dates of this exhibit are to be determined. We will update the details for this exhibit as soon as we have more information.

When details are finalized for this exhibit we invite all teachers to submit up to 6 student drawings and 1 personal drawing for the show. All students are welcome from early childhood through college.

Questions? Email exhibitions@massarted.com