Youth Arts Program

NHIA Youth Arts Lab 

Youth Arts 2018-19 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.

Scholarships are available for all Youth Arts programs and no student will be turned away due to a family’s inability to pay.




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

Youth Arts Summer Sessions – Registration Opening Soon! 

Painting and Photography Mash-Up
July 29 – August 2, 9:00 – 4:00pm
Pop-Up Exhibition Friday, August 2, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Art and Civic Engagement
August 5 – August 9, 9:00 – 4:00pm
Pop-Up Exhibition Friday, August 9, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Eco-Fashion and Installations
August 12 – August 16, 9:00 – 4:00pm
Pop-Up Exhibition Friday, August 16, 4:30 – 5:30pm


Weekend Classes

Weekend Classes are provided in partnership with NHIA Community Education and NHIA Youth Arts.  These specific classes are available for students ages 13 to 100! Lunch will not be provided however snacks and supplies are included in the registration fee.

Registration is now open for 2018-2019 Winter/Spring Weekend Workshops and Classes!
To register, click here.

Comics! Imagination in Character Development, Instructor Carol Schwartz
March 23 – April 27, 10:00am – 1:30pm
Cost: $189
Whether your cartoon or book character is happy or sad, good or bad, there are techniques for making a subject stronger and communicating the qualities that will help a viewer connect with your character. Learn how movement, shape and color effect the overall quality of a character. Add imagination and life to your own fantastic human, alien or animal characters using a variety of media.



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 2018-2019 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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