Youth Arts Program

NHIA Youth Arts Lab 

Youth Arts programming for teens!

NHIA Youth Arts programming is designed to give young artists, creatives and makers (age 12-18) of all levels the opportunity to push their artistic boundaries. We celebrate the process of creating, experimenting and taking artistic risks. Whether a student is looking to collaborate with peers, experiment with new techniques and mediums, or challenge their own artistic practice, Youth Arts programs are here to support any young artists’ goals.


NHIA Youth Arts Summer Sessions (YASS)

These programs are designed to support young artists, creatives, makers, and DIYers (ages 12-18) build their artistic practice and individual style while offering exposure to new concepts, materials and techniques. All ARTLABs consist of artistic skill building studios (areas of focus) in the morning and collaborative projects in the afternoons.

Each session runs Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm. Then ends with a culminating pop-up event from 4:15pm – 5:00pm each Friday.

This the perfect opportunity for creatives of all levels to have a summer filled with fun, engaging programming designed to push their artistic boundaries, meet other teens, gain experience in different mediums and be challenged through creative experimentation.  Each Summer Intensive ends with a reception for young artists to showcase their work to family, friends and the public.

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Youth Arts Summer Session Descriptions

Painting and Photography Mash-Up, July 29 – August 2
Areas of focus: watercolor, acrylic, collage, digital and film photography, Adobe Photoshop
Mini-workshops in digital illustration and digital painting
Advance your painting and photography skills by learning exciting ways to merge the two mediums together. Painting studios will offer both indoor and outdoor explorations in landscape and portraiture, focusing on brush technique, layering and color relationships. Photography studios will include lessons in camera functions, composition, working with light, and approaches to subject matter. All students will experiment digitally and traditionally, emphasizing the blending of the two practices for a completely unique mash-up. Supplies and cameras are provided.

Art for Social Change, August 5 – August 9
Areas of focus: drawing, comic arts, painting, screen printing, printmaking, and sculpture
Learn how your art can be a catalyst for change. Discover new ways to utilize your art to respond to injustices, evoke dialogue, bring healing, and advocate for causes important to you. Students will not only deepen their practice as an artist using silkscreen, mixed media, illustration, and collage but also strengthen their communication skills to make informed, bold meaningful statements through their art. This ARTLAB will end with a pop-up exhibition showcasing students’ work centered on social issues of importance to them.

Eco-Fashion & Sculpture, August 12 – August 16
Areas of focus: sculpture, wearable sculpture, recycled fashion, cosplay, fabric arts, and embroidery, mini photography workshop.
Learn how to use recycled clothing and found materials to create wearable clothing and high fashion sculpture! Students will explore the worlds of fashion from every day, wearable garments to high fashion design and wearable sculpture using found materials and reclaimed fabric. Using hand stitching, basic sewing machine skills, embroidery, fastenings, and sculptural assembly techniques, create wearable items and design immersive environment sculptures to photograph and display them in. Be prepared to walk away with a new understanding of sustainability in fashion and sculpture along with your own custom-made wearable designs! The session will end with an interactive pop-up fashion event.

Sample Schedule:

: 8:50am – 9:00am
Morning Sessions: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Lunch: 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Afternoon Collabs and Workshops: 12:30 – 4:00pm
Pop-up exhibition each Friday: 4:15 – 5:00pm

Cost: $395
for each week-long session. The registration fee includes instruction, materials, lunch and all supplies. Students are not fully registered until payment has been received along with all other enrollment and consent forms.




COST $85 (includes tuition, materials, and snacks)
Areas of Focus: painting, drawing, and sculpture with mini-workshops in digital illustration, bookmaking and printmaking
ARTLAB is designed to support young artists, creatives and makers (ages 12-18) build their artistic practice and individual style while offering exposure to new materials and techniques. Under the guidance of faculty, and artists, students will be challenged to step out of their creative comfort zones and explore a theme through various independent and collaborative 2D and 3D projects. This is the perfect opportunity for young artists of all levels to push their artistic boundaries, meet other local teens, gain experience in different mediums and challenge themselves through creative experimentation. Each ARTLAB ends with a pop-up gallery reception for young artists to showcase their work to family and friends. Pop-up exhibits will take place following the final class of each ARTLAB from 6:15pm to 7:00pm. Students are strongly encouraged to invite family, friends and teachers to attend.


Tuesday Spring ARTLAB: 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, no class 4/23
Thursday Spring ARTLAB: 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 5/2, No class 4/25
*Indicate pop-up exhibit night

OPEN STUDIO (optional) 3:00 – 4:00pm: Students will have access to a wide range of materials including paint, markers, charcoal, clay and more. Students can use this time to create independently, collaboratively, or work one-on-one with Youth Arts Instructors on new approaches. Snacks are provided at this time.


3:00 – 3:50pm                  Sign-In
3:00 – 4:00pm                  Optional Open Studio
4:00 – 6:00pm                  ARTLAB
6:00pm                             Sign-Out

ARTLAB Pop-Up Exhibition Dates

All pop-ups are 6:15-7:00pm

Tuesdays: Winter ARTLAB: 4/30  |  Spring ARTLAB: 3/5
Thursdays: ARTLAB 1: 3/7  |  ARTLAB 2: 5/2


To request a scholarship click here to fill out the Scholarship Request Form and submit along with your program registration to the Director of Youth Arts Programs and Outreach, Jaclynn Hart at, or my mailing to New Hampshire Institute of Art, 148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH 03104.



Prior to participating in any Youth Arts program in the 2019-2020 school year, please take a moment to read through our General Policies and fill out the required Student Information and Participation Agreement Form.



  • Withdrawal from a Youth Arts program must be made in writing to Jaclynn Hart or emailed to Not attending a program does not constitute an official withdrawal.
  • 10 or more days prior to the first class: 100% refund
  • 7-9 days prior to the first class: 50% refund
  • 1-6 days prior: no refunds

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