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NHIA Youth Arts Lab 

Youth Arts is excited to announce its fall programming for teens! 

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 risks. Whether a teen 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. This fall we’re excited to launch both Art Lab After-School along with a mix of evening and weekend classes and workshops!

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



Intro to Photography Class

Saturdays, 10am – 2:30pm
10/28 - 11/18 (3 weeks)

COST $250 (includes instruction, supplies and lunches)

Learn the essentials in shooting, editing and developing images with both film and digital cameras. You’ll gain confidence with basic camera operations and techniques while we explore and shoot a variety of subjects such as architecture, landscape and portraits. You will gain hands on experience in developing film and creating contact prints in NHIA’s dark room and learn about photo editing in the digital lab. Cameras will be available to use or you can bring your own.


Intro to Ceramics

Saturdays, 10am – 2:30pm
10/28 - 11/18 (3weeks)

COST $250 (includes instruction, supplies and lunches)

Ready to get your hands dirty? Come explore the basics of pottery making in this fun and supportive class! You will learn how to use a potter's wheel and explore a variety of hand-building techniques such as pinching, coiling and slab-building methods. Students can focus on perfecting drinking vessels or experiment with forming sculptures. You will also learn a variety of decorating and glaze techniques.


Telling Your Story Through Graphic Novels

Mondays, 6 – 8pm
11/6 - 12/11 (6 weeks)

COST: $250 (includes instruction, supplies, snacks)

Some of the most evocative and memorable works in the comics form are personal stories in which the artist draws upon their own life experiences for inspiration. You will follow this creative model by reflecting on your personal experiences and collaborating with peers and the instructor to craft comic narratives that bring your stories to life! Join us and explore creative and technical concepts such as identity, creative process, cartooning, story structure, and the mechanics of comic arts as a language of expression.

Fundamentals of Graphic Design

Wednesdays, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 6:00 – 8:00pm

COST: $250 (includes instruction, supplies, snacks)

Interested in graphic design but don’t know where to begin? Join us for our highly interactive class where you will learn about the principals and elements of design, typography and color theory through a series of visual projects. You will not only walk away with a better understanding of the role of a graphic designer but the foundational skills needed to work in Adobe InDesign.  No prior experience necessary!


DIY Printmaking Posters Workshop

Saturday, 11/18 & Sunday; 11/19, 10am – 2pm

COST $150 (includes instruction, supplies and lunches)

Explore the art of creating bold, expressive posters that show off your individual style right in NHIA’s fully equipped letterpress studio. Experience different printmaking techniques including collographs, letterpress, and pressure plates while learning how to bring text, color, image and background together as you design and print your own unique posters.


Make Your Own Metal Rings Workshop

Saturday, 12/9; 10am – 3pm

COST $150 (includes instruction, supplies and lunches)

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 kinds of rings, wrapped, forged and stamped and others. A ring for every finger!


COST $200 (includes tuition, materials, and snacks)

Areas of Focus: painting, drawing, and sculpture with mini-workshops in photograms, bookmaking and monotypes

Our six-week Art Lab After-School is designed to support young artists (ages 12-18) in building their artistic practice and individual style while offering exposure to new materials and techniques. During Art Lab, students will be challenged to step out of their creative comfort zones and with the guidance of faculty and artists, 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 and challenge themselves through creative experimentation.  Art Lab After-School will end with a pop-up gallery reception to showcase the young artists’ work.

Students can sign up for Art Lab After-School on Tuesday nights OR Thursday nights OR both.  Each Art Lab After-School will include a pop-up gallery reception on the last day (please note that the last day of Art Lab After-School on Tuesday, 11/21 and Thursday, 11/30 will be extended by 30 minutes to give students time to set up and hang their artwork for reception.

TUESDAY ART LAB DATES, 4:00 – 6:00pm

10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21

Tuesday, 11/14, 6:30-7:30 pop-up gallery reception


10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16

Thursday, 11/16, 6:30-7:30 pop-up gallery reception



3:00 – 3:50pm                         Sign-In

3:00 – 4:00pm                         Optional Open Studio (Time for students to experiment and create on their own)

4:00 – 6:00pm                         Art Lab

6:00pm                                    Sign-Out



Click here to register for Youth Arts classes and/or workshops. 



Scholarships are available are available for both Art Lab After-School and Weekend Classes and Workshops. Details can be found in the registration packets.


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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