Youth Arts Program

NHIA Youth Arts Lab 

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2018 Summer ARTLAB Registration

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NHIA Youth Arts Summer Sessions (YASS) are designed to support young artists, creatives, writers, actors, makers and DIYers (ages 13-18) 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 with an optional breakfast starting at 8:30am and open studio time available until 5:00pm.

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 ARTLAB Summer Intensive ends with a reception for young artists to showcase their work to family, friends and the public.


July 16 – July 20, ARTLAB: Painting and Photography Mash-up

Areas of focus: watercolor, acrylic, collage, digital and film photography, Adobe Photoshop 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 come together in the afternoon to experiment digitally and traditionally, emphasizing the blending of the two practices together for a completely unique mash-up. Supplies and cameras are provided. Led by Shannon Silva and Mike Ariel


July 23 –  July 27, ARTLAB: Art & Civic Engagement

Areas of focus: drawing, painting, screen printing, printmaking, and sculpture 

Learn how your art can be a catalyst for change. Students will work with several artist-educators who will share examples of how they used their art to speak up about social causes and guide students on how they can do the same. Students will not only deepen their practice as an artist but also strengthen their communication skills to make informed, purposeful statements through their art. This ARTLAB will culminate in a collaborative, large scale, interactive installation that will focus on a cause of importance to the students. Led by James Chase and Jason Bagatta


July 29 – August 3, ARTLAB: From Scratch

Areas of focus: theatre, improvisation, sculpture, storytelling and book arts

From Scratch is an invitation to take your love for sculpture and stories and mash it up into an exciting art event -- a performative installation based on student proposed and developed themes. Utilizing theatre making, sculpture, and book arts techniques, students will work boldly and collaboratively in a refreshing new direction. This session will culminate in a final interactive performance. Led by Erin Sweeney and James Lambert


August 6 – August 10, ARTLAB: Fashion with (re)Purpose

Areas of focus: screen printing, printmaking, recycled and upcycled fashion design

Learn how to alter and design pre-existing clothing into something new and fresh! Students will experiment with found materials, objects and reclaimed fabrics to reimagine garments. Learn basic hand stitching and machine sewing techniques, fastenings, fabric dying, embellishment and screen printing. Be prepared to walk away with a new understanding of repurposed, sustainable clothing along with your own custom made wearable designs! Session will end with an interactive pop-up fashion event. Led by Alison Williams and Hope Revelto


  • $349 for One ARTLAB Summer Intensive
  • $628 for Two ARTLAB Summer Intensives (save 10%)
  • $921 for Three ARTLAB Summer Intensives (save 12%)
  • $1187 for Four ARTLAB Summer Intensives (save 15%)

The registration fee includes instruction, meals (breakfast and lunch), and all supplies. Students are not fully registered until payment has been received along with all other enrollment and consent forms. Scholarships/Financial Aid are available. No student will be turned away due to a family’s inability to pay. 

ARTLAB Afterschool

COST: $59 for one session or $50 for each session when you register for two or more. 

ARTLAB is designed to support teens (ages 12-18) build their artistic practice and individual style while offering exposure to new materials and techniques. Under the guidance of faculty, artists, and NHIA artist-teacher candidates, 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 creatives of all levels to push their artistic boundaries, meet other local teens, gain experience in various mediums and challenge themselves through creative experimentation. ARTLABs end with a pop-up gallery reception for teens to showcase their work to family and friends. 

Friday Night CoLAB

COST: $38 for one CoLAB or $35 for each CoLAB when you register for two or more.

We’re excited to announce Youth Arts newest program, CoLAB. Taking place at the NHIA Manchester campus the second Friday of every month from 5:00pm to 9:30pm during the school year. CoLAB is a safe space for creativity, ideas, experimentation, and materials to collide. Together young artists (ages 13-18) will spend their Friday night developing a shared vision and creating an original collaborative art piece. 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!


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

Program Withdrawal and Refunds

Withdrawal from a Youth Arts program whether it’s Art Lab After School, a Saturday class or weekend workshop 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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