Summer 2021 Classes

Math And Life: The Amazing Intersection- Mr. Rob Selwitz
Prerequisites: Must have passed at least 5th grade level math. Open for all MS students.
Dates: Session 1: June 30-July 14, Session 2: July 19-July 30
Time: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm, daily
Price: $750 per session

Description: Math is more fun and interesting when we consider how it is used all around us. This class will explore just that. How is math used in sports? What is the relationship between art and math? What types of math do you use in your daily life? What is math’s connection with God? With nature? 


From Ballet to Modern, a lesson in Dance - Ms. Melody Schwartz
Prerequisites: None, open to students with no dance experience or years of experience (for both boys and girls)
Dates: Session 2: July 19-July 30
Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, daily
Price: $750.00

Description: Have you ever wondered how dancers transitioned from pointe shoe-wearing aristocrats to barefooted, angsty performers? Or, have you ever wanted to get active during the summer and learn how to dance? Do both in this class where you will learn the basic dance technique of both ballet and modern dance, as well as the beauty and history of both art forms. 


Creative Dramatics- Mrs. Caitlin Lee
Prerequisites: None, no previous experience necessary, MS and HS welcome!
Dates: Session 1: June 30-July 14
Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Tuesday the 6th to make up for Independence Day on the 5th.
Price: $500

Description: Ready to flex your acting muscles? Creative Dramatics will be a fun blend of theatre games, improv, and scene study. The class will end with a final performance/showcase. Come prepared to have fun!


Philosophy and Christian Thought through Film- Mr. Rob Selwitz
Prerequisites: None. (A love of cinema strongly recommended!) US only
Dates: Session 1: June 30-July 14, Session 2: July 19-July 30
Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, daily
Price: $750 a session

Description: Considering life’s great issues through thought-provoking and compelling movies such as Dead Poets Society, Blade Runner, Les Miserables, Life is Beautiful, Mr. Holland’s Opus, and many more. 


Introduction to Plein Air- Mrs. Alice Drew
Prerequisites: This class is only suitable for upperclassmen considering Studio or AP Art. Students who have not taken art at BTA must submit a portfolio of 3 drawings in order to be considered for this class. 
Dates: June 28-July 14, meeting 2x a week. Be flexible as days will adjust according to weather.
Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Price: $850 (materials included, transportation not included)

Description: This painting course will introduce students to the joys and techniques of painting en plein air.  Working "out in the open air", students will learn how to look for and build a strong composition from the scenery around them, and practically apply color mixing and color theory in each painting study. (Students will paint with oil on canvas and complete 6 paintings by the end of the 3 weeks.)

Further Details: All materials (including easels) will be provided. Students will be painting in the Arnold Arboretum and around Boston with a special day trip to the Crane Estate. Transportation from BTA can be provided, at extra cost. For more information, please contact

The exact dates of this class are June 28, June 30, July 6, July 8, July 12, and July 14. All dates are subject to change given the weather.


Astronomy 1, Exploring the Solar System- Mr. Samuel Belk
Prerequisites: None, Open to MS and HS
Dates: Session 1: June 30-July 14
Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm daily
Price: $750 (materials included)

Description: Rockets, Planets, Robots, and Terraforming. What is the solar system? How was it made? How does it work? How are we exploring it and why? This is an introductory Astronomy course with a focus on our very own Solar System. Through videos, discussions, and hands-on experiments (ever wanted to build and launch your very own rocket?) students will explore and learn the fundamentals of Astronomy and Physics, all while discussing current hot topic issues and dilemmas in the world of Astrophysics.


Astronomy 2, Discovering the Universe- Mr. Samuel Belk
Prerequisites: None, Open to MS and HS
Dates: Session 2: July 19-July 30
Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Price: $750 (materials included)

Description: Light, Sound, Optics, and Aliens. What are stars made of and how are they made? How many are there? What are galaxies? How big is the universe? Do aliens exist? What are black holes? This is an introductory Astronomy course with a focus on that which is beyond our Solar System. Through videos, discussions, and an evening of watching the stars, students will be exposed to some of the most cutting edge developments in the fields of Astronomy and Physics. Students will gain a special appreciation for the sky above them and our relation to it. 


Strength Training and Conditioning- Mr. Eric Mann
Prerequisites: Ages 12 and up, boys and girls are welcome, must be able to lift at least 10 lbs. 
Dates: Session 1: June 30-July 14 Session 2: July 19-July 30 every Mon. Wed. and Fri.
Time: 9:00 am-10:00 am
Price: $400

Have you ever wanted to look good at the gym? Have you ever wanted to work out but didn’t know where to begin? Then this is the perfect class for you. Learn strength training and conditioning techniques from our very own professional weight lifting competitor, Eric Mann. Mr. Mann will introduce and work on proper weightlifting form with students of all ages and ability to help perfect technique and build confidence (and muscle!) through a series of challenging yet fun exercises.

Television and Race- Ms. Semi Oloko
Prerequisites: None, Open to MS and US
Dates: Session 2: July 19-July 30
Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Price: $750.00

How is race represented on TV? How have changes in the industry affected the scope of representation? Do genre constraints limit how certain stories can be told? How can we as viewers look beyond stereotypes and tropes to imagine new possibilities for representation? This course is devoted to such questions, exploring the relationship between television and race in America through an analysis of popular media from the 20th century to today. Such TV may include The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Black-ish, and Roots.