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 Winter ARTLAB: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 3/5, no class 2/26
Thursday Winter ARTLAB: 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 3/7, no class 2/28
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 are 6:15-7:00pm

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




COST $38 for One, CoLAB
Friday Night CoLAB (short for collaboration) takes place at the NHIA Manchester campus one Friday every month from 4:00pm to 8:00pm during the school year. CoLAB is a safe space for creativity, ideas, experimentation, and materials to collide. Together young artists will spend their Friday night developing a shared vision and creating original collaborative art pieces. Emphasis will be placed on the creative process, communication, collaboration and (of course) fun! CoLAB is perfect for young artists of all levels to be artistically challenged and meet other local teens. Join us for dinner and let’s create!
2018-2019 CoLAB DATES
CoLAB: Mixed Media Portrait Paintings, December 14, 4:00 – 8:00pm
CoLAB: Sculptural Illustrations, January 18, 4:00 – 8:00pm
Create sculptural illustrations using various techniques in paper cutting and three-dimensional collage. Then collaborate with peers to create three dimensional environments.
CoLAB: Book Arts, February 22, 4:00 - 8:00pm
Students will be introduced to collaborative book arts. Together we will learn how to bind and design our own books. Students will walk away with a book featuring their own page designs in addition to utilizing the collection of work created by the group.

CoLAB: Printmaking: Chine-Collé, March 15, 4:00 – 8:00pm

Chine-collé is a printmaking technique where pre-cut paper shapes of different colors and textures are bonded to a stronger piece of paper by running it through a press. This printmaking technique adds depth and can give the appearance of a piece being multi-dimensional. Collaborate and experiment with this exciting technique and see how it transforms your work!

CoLAB: Ceramic Mosaic Rattles, April 12, 4:00 – 8:00pm

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.

Weekend Workshops – Ages 12-18
Intro to Metal Jewelry, Instructor Jennifer Mamone                                                            
December 8, 10:00am – 3:00pm                                                                                                                 Cost: $95
This beginners ring workshop will introduce you to basic metal skills, cutting, filing, polishing and some torch work. You will learn to measure fingers and work with copper wire to make different styles of rings.  

Patterning with Linocuts, Instructor Liz Melnyczuk
December 15 and 16, 10:00 – 3:00pm                                                                                                      Cost: $120
In this two-day workshop, you will sketch, plan, and learn how to carve and print linocuts. Linocuts are a meditative, unique way of creating bold graphic black and white imagery, and patterns on paper and fabric. Each student will create their own patches, cards, smaller prints plus a large class-wide collaborative print.

Landscape Painting, Instructor Shannon Silva                                                                                             
January 12, 10:00am – 3:00pm                                                                                                                    Cost: $95
During this painting workshop, you will learn different techniques and applications in landscape painting. Your own style will develop throughout the workshop as you experiment with different approaches and work with a variety of tools and wet media including, watercolor and acrylic.

Digital Painting, Instructor Kaitlyn Hanson                                                              
January 19 and 20, 10:00am – 3:00pm                                                                                                     Cost: $120
Learn to use Adobe Photoshop to create works of art using digital drawing and painting skills, photo manipulation, and digital collage. Expand your knowledge on how works of art are created on the computer and the world of digital art!

Exploration of the Monotype, Instructor Ashley Palardy
January 26, 27, 10:00 – 3:00pm                                                                                                               Cost: $120
The monotype is a unique image that is created using varying processes and can only be printed once. In this two-day workshop you will learn the basic techniques in monotype prints through the different printmaking avenues (Silkscreen, press, glass plate etc.). This workshop is meant to enhance creativity through the exploration of this contemporary force in the printmaking world today.

Beyond Photography - The Photo Collage, Instructor Mike Ariel                  
February 2 and 3, 10:00am – 3:00pm                                                                                                      Cost: $120
During this workshop we will give a brief overview of the functions of a digital SLR camera then capture images across campus. We will then use the photos we took to dive into photo editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop. Each student will walk away with a one of a kind “combination print," of their edited images. Cameras are provided, or you can bring your own.

*Weekend Classes in Partnership with NHIA Community Education – Ages 13-100
Fur, Feathers and Scales: Mixing Colors, Texture and Intensity with Colored Pencils, Instructor Carol Schwartz                                                                                                        
February 2– March 9.  Saturdays, 10:00am – 1:30pm (No class February 23)                            Cost: $189
Explore a variety of animal subjects using colored pencils and observational drawing skills. Learn how to create different textures, blending techniques and how to achieve bold, beautiful color from your pencils. Each assignment will focus on a different animal and how to achieve good tonal value and portray the appropriate texture. Learn techniques for achieving movement, good composition and telling an interesting story.

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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