Classes & Workshops

Join us for a hands-on class or workshop in painting, photography, ceramics, metalworking, woodworking and more. Our educational offerings include two- or three-day workshops and weekly classes that meet during daytime or evening hours, ranging in ability from novice to professional. Classes are open to all skill levels unless otherwise noted in the descriptions.

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Workshop NameCategoryLevelInstructorDescriptionDatesTimesMembers' Price (15% Off)Non-Members' PriceDrop-In FeeMaterials FeeRegistration
Fiber Arts Open StudioOpen StudioAdults & TeensMeredith SmithLearn a new skill, rekindle a passion for what you already know, or get advice on how to repair that favorite piece of clothing. Try stitchery, needle felting, art quilts, garment construction and repair, artful embellishment and more! Bring a project or start something new. No experience necessary, everyone welcome!Mondays, Sep 9-June 15 (excluding Holidays)9 AM-NoonFree$5 Drop-In Fee for Non-Members$5Drop-In; Non-members pay $5 to monitor or in AVA Office
Daytime Open studioOpen StudioAdults & TeensMonitorWeekly monitored life drawing sessions, without instruction, open to individuals of all levels of experience.Wednesdays, Dec 4-Dec 18 (new December dates!)9 AM-Noon$42.50$50$20CANCELED
Long Pose Open StudioOpen StudioAdults & TeensMonitorExperienced sculptors and painters looking to work from long poses are invited to practice their art in this weekly session. Participants are responsible for all materials, and instruction is not provided. Tuition includes model fee.Fridays, Dec 6-Dec 20 (new December dates!)9 AM-Noon$42.50$50$20 Register Now
Daytime Open StudioOpen StudioAdults & TeensMonitorWeekly monitored life drawing sessions, without instruction, open to individuals of all levels of experience.Wednesdays, Jan 15-Mar 189:00 AM-12:00 PM$148.75$175.00$20.00Register Now
Evening Open StudioOpen StudioAdults & TeensMonitorWeekly monitored life drawing sessions, without instruction, open to individuals of all levels of experience.Wednesdays, Jan 15-Mar 186:00 PM-9 PM$148.75$175.00$20.00Register Now
Long Pose Figure Sculpture and Painting Open StudioOpen StudioAdults & TeensMonitorExperienced sculptors and painters looking to work from long poses are invited to practice their art in this weekly session. Participants are responsible for all materials, and instruction is not provided. Tuition includes model fee.Fridays, Jan 17-Mar 139:00 AM-12:00 PM$136.00$160.00$20.00Register Now
40 Hours: Drawing SeminarDrawingAdults & TeensMichael KraatzDrawing Seminar is an extended series of drawing classes, group guided critiques and lively discussions designed to allow motivated participants to develop a body of work during 16, 2 1/2 hour sessions over the course of seven months. Drawing Seminar combines the best of group study and independent study in a supportive and enthusiastic setting. After three sessions over three weeks starting in October, class meetings will be spread at about two week intervals with longer breaks at the holidays. Drawing Seminar will culminate with a group exhibi in the Spring or early Summer. This is an excellent opportunity to engage in an in depth course of study to improve skills regarding all things drawing.Tuesdays, Oct 15, 22, 29; Nov 12; Dec 10; Jan 7 & 21; Feb 4 & 8; Mar 3, 17, 31; Apr 7 & 21; May 5 & 126-8:30 PM$510$600IN SESSION
Stretching Your Line: Continuing DrawingDrawingAdults & TeensMichael KraatzHone skills as you continue stretching your mastery of line from Beginning Drawing. Poetic contour drawing, various approaches to light and shadow and a closer look at linear perspective will enrich your draughtsmanship. Skill build using interior and exterior views, landscape drawing if weather permits, portraiture, and new approaches to drawing the figure. Ink, oil stick, dry pastel, and oil pastel, are just some of the media at hand. Join the fun and be emboldened!Mondays, Jan 20-Mar 169:30 AM-12:00 PM$323.00$380.00Register Now
The Active Observer – Basic DrawingDrawingAdults & TeensDan GottsegenPut pencil (and charcoal) to paper and see where you can go! Learning to draw is learning to see and a wonderful way to slow down. Understand line, contour, gesture and form while using various materials and the unique marks they make. Begin your creative journey at AVA! Working from a model included.Mondays, Jan 20-Mar 166:30 PM-9:00 PM$323.00$380.00Register Now
Feel the Power! Drawing from Memory and ObservationDrawingAdults & TeensJohn David O'Shaughnessy & Rachael O'ShaughnessyGet everyone drawing! Enjoy the dynamism of mixed media drawing from observation and memory. Work with charcoal, ink, acrylic and graphite, expand your ability to see, perceive, and make strong, convincing drawings. Draw from nature and memory with increased confidence. Enjoy responding to the changing phenomena of the natural world.Thursdays, Mar 12-Mar 266:00 PM-9:00 PM$212.50$250.00Register Now
Introduction to WatercolorPaintingAdults & TeensJoan HoffmannLearn the basics of watercolor painting, including flat wash, wet-in-wet, and dry-brush techniques. Technique demos, along with critiques and discussions, will guide you through a painting each class. There is no experience necessary, but experienced students are also welcome to brush up on the basics. Mondays, Jan 13-Mar 026:00 PM-8:30 PM$340.00$400.00IN SESSION
An Experimental Approach to WatercolorPaintingAdults & TeensJennifer BrownFinding your way with watercolor is fun if its broken down into joyful parts. Each class will be carefully constructed based on fundamental art principles but also encouraging students to experiment and explore the medium. We will begin by working from still life in order to strengthen drawing skills and follow up with watercolor studies. Students will be expected to keep a sketchbook for gathering material and for maintaining their practice during the week. Tuesdays, Jan 14-Mar 109:30 AM-12:00 PM$340.00$400.00IN SESSION
Oil Painting: A Little Square of BluePaintingAdults & TeensMeg McLeanLong before people discovered Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Monet advised artists to approach painting the same way. He said: "Try to forget what objects you have before you - a tree, a house, a field or whatever. Merely think, ‘here is a little square of blue, here is an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow’ and paint it just as it appears, the exact color and shape." In this class we will work on 12 exercises to quiet the bossy left side of the brain, so unhelpful in creating art, and let the right side have its day. You’ll see form, color, and light in whole new way and turn your painting upside down. Literally. On the last class, weather permitting, we’ll go outside for a plein air session.Thursdays, Jan 16-Feb 206:00 PM-9:00 PM$289.00$340.00Register Now
Riding the Watercolor Wheel: Using Color EffectivelyPaintingAdults & TeensMargaret DwyerDo you really know what you’re reaching for when you choose a color of paint to use? Watercolor is an inherently a transparent medium, but there is a big difference between transparent, translucent, and opaque watercolor paints. The same colors can be drastically different from one manufacturer to the next. This class will explore the many different colors of paints out there by creating a painting each week that highlights one or two specific colors at a time. Students will bring their own paints but additional color samples will be on hand for all to try. Fridays, Jan 17-Jan 3110:00 AM-2:00 PM$212.50$250.00Register Now
Encaustics and Oils: Mixing MediaPaintingAdults & TeensDebra ClaffeyIn this two-day workshop you'll explore some of the many ways of combining encaustic and oil paints. Students will work with four panels, combining encaustic painting, drawing, and monotype printmaking. Come learn from and see how this exhibiting AVA artist makes her own work!Saturday and Sunday, Jan 18-Jan 1910:00 AM-4 PM$306.00$360.00$50.00Register Now
Painting the Winter Landscape with WatercolorPaintingAdults & TeensRobert O'BrienPaint our beautiful winter landscape in watercolor. The subtle tints of snow will be teased out using glazing techniques and layering. One's captivating scene will utilize tonal value, composition, light and shadow. Learn to create a finished painting from a favorite winter subject, using a photographic reference. Robert will demonstrate his approach and provide hands-on guidance to each student.Saturday and Sunday, Jan 25-Jan 2610:00 AM-4:00 PM$153.00$180.00Register Now
Winter Whites: Painting the Frozen Landscape with WatercolorPaintingAdults & TeensMargaret DwyerIf you spend the winters in the mountains of New England, then you know how the visual landscapes around us change dramatically. Suddenly, we live amidst icicles, frozen ponds, hoar frost, and snow. We are surrounded by white. In this class, we will explore both transparent and opaque ways to capture the elements of the frozen landscape. Techniques will include, graded washes, glazes, negative painting, and how to use making fluid. Color choices will be discussed in depth to achieve moody, dramatic effects.Saturday, Feb 0810:00 AM-4:00 PM$127.50$150.00Register Now
Exploring the Abstract in WatercolorPaintingAdults & TeensMargaret DwyerAbstract art the relationship of form, color, and composition without recognizable images, allowing viewers more space for personal interpretation. Most artists will agree that, to create great abstract art, one must have a heightened awareness of the elements/principles of composition and design throughout the painting process. Abstract art encourages an expressive freedom that we do not always allow ourselves when painting representational imagery. You will better understand how the elements and principles of design work together to build stronger images without leaning on the crutch of representational expectations. A variety of techniques will be demonstrated and applied to this theory.Saturday and Sunday, Feb 22-Feb 2310:00 AM-4:00 PM$212.50$250.00Register Now
Spontaneity in Oil PaintingPaintingAdults & TeensRich GombarIntuitive or perceptual painting is based on a strong relationship with your subject, be it landscape, a still life, or the figure. Use alla prima, or wet-on-wet, techniques to dive right into the core of oil painting with little or no preliminary drawing. This process builds confidence in the art of oil painting and it will teach the artist how to work through any problem.Tuesdays, Feb 25-Mar 241:30-4 PM (new times)$178.50$210.00$30.00Register Now
Dramatic Effects in WatercolorPaintingAdults & TeensMargaret DwyerIn this workshop, we will experiment with techniques both traditional and unconventional. Backlit woodland scenes, stormy skies, glowing horizons, and night skies are among the themes that will be demonstrated and developed through individual studies. Watercolor encourages a responsive interaction between the artist and the wet surface of the painting that has a life of its own. It requires a blend of control and freedom. Fridays, Mar 06-Mar 2010:00 AM-2:00 PM$212.50$250.00Register Now
Oil Painting with Cold Wax MediumPaintingAdults & TeensHelen ShulmanIn this workshop you'll learn and be challenged by three consecutive days of exploration and experimentation with different methods of combining Oil and Cold Wax medium. Time will be divided among individual work, demonstrations and discussions. Each student will be offered an optional 15 minute private session to discus works in progress or any issues of their choice.Friday-Sunday, Mar 27-Mar 2910:00 AM-4:30 PM$425.00$500.00$30.00Register Now
Monoprints and MonotypesPrintmakingAdults & TeensMary MeadIn this workshop, using non-toxic Akua Inks, you’ll explore a variety of approaches to creating monoprints: prints based on an underlying matrix that can be printed in multiple different ways, and monotypes, which are completely unique prints. Both are often referred to as “painterly” prints because they frequently defy the strict technical rules that govern many printmaking processes. Come prepared to experiment!Mondays, Feb 10-Mar 095:30 PM-8:30 PM$212.50$250.00$30.00Register Now
Introduction to PrintmakingPrintmakingAdults & TeensDerek BellGet ready to have fun and learn different ways to create your visual ideas in AVA's print shop. Topics will include relief, monotyope, and collagraph printmaking. Discover what can be done with colorful ink and a press!Thursdays, Feb 20-Mar 195 PM-7:30 PM (new times)$195.50$230.00$30.00Register Now
Through a New Lens – Introduction to Digital PhotographyPhotographyAdults & TeensNicholas GaffneyGain command of your digital camera and use that knowledge to create photos for discussion and critique. Bring your DSLR camera and a notebook and see the world through a new lens!Thursdays, Jan 16-Feb 20 (no class Jan 30)6:00 PM-8:00 PM$170.00$200.00Register Now
Pixel Perfect - Editing Digital PhotographsPhotographyAdults & TeensNicholas GaffneyYou know how to use your camera and have taken some great shots. Now what? This class is all about editing your images. You'll leave the class knowing how to control your photos' color and tonal values, when (and when not) to crop, and how to choose the best images from the many you've taken. A variety of image editing software platforms will be covered, but students are encouraged to bring their own laptops so they can get used to controlling their images on the software they use the most.Mondays, Feb 24-Mar 166:00 PM-8:00 PM$136.00$160.00Register Now
The Thriving Artist: Making Your Creative Life Work for YouCreative & Professional PracticeAdults & TeensKatrina GeurkinkHow close are you to being the prolific and fulfilled artist you set out to be? Do you feel like your artistic life/career might have more traction if you had more time to spend on it? Do you feel overwhelmed by everything you are trying to juggle in your life and throw up your hands at your attempts to get “better organized”? You are not alone. Managing multiple priorities is an ongoing struggle for many artists. The goal of this class is to help you learn how to tap your most useful resource - you! - and find ways to structure your work and shape your time effectively so you can overcome what is holding you back from being productive and achieving your artistic aspirations.Wednesdays, Feb 05-Mar 116:00 PM-8:00 PM$204.00$240.00Register Now
Artist as Small BusinessCreative & Professional PracticeAdults & TeensKim BernardFrom A-Z, everything an emerging artist needs to know to be a small business:  artist-gallery relationships, banking, branding, budgeting, business plan, business structure, contracts, commissions, copyright, federal and state tax ID’s, funding, hiring an assistant, insurance, inventory, licensing, marketing, money management, permits, registering, sale of works and taxes.  Bernard will tackle these dry but necessary topics with interactive exercises, humor and dark chocolate.Saturday & Sunday, April 4 & 5 (new dates)9 AM - 5 PM$370$435Register Now
Writing Poetry: Matter of Life and VerseWritingAdults & TeensMichael Metivier"Tell all the truth," wrote Emily Dickinson, "but tell it slant." Poetry, through wordplay and its various forms, allows us to experiment artfully with the matter of life - our loves and losses, fears and dreams and every mundane thing in between - so as to give it better resonance, a heightened urgency, and a timeless quality. In this class, our reading and discussion of good poems will frame in-class writing exercises and the creation and sharing of our own good poems.Tuesdays, April 14-May 196-8 PM$25$25Register Now
The Intricacies of Stone and Stone CarvingStone CarvingAdults & TeensJohn HikoryThis weekly workshop on stone begins with a presentation covering mineral content, grain qualities and different carving techniques. Various methods of carving stone, carver’s safety, and the proper use of the tools will be covered. Learn to analyze the shape of the stone in relation to your vision of form, be guided in translating the image on to the stone, and then coached to reveal the form concealed within. For beginners and intermediate carvers.Tuesdays, Feb 18-Mar 176:00 PM-9:00 PM$212.50$250.00$40.00Register Now
Hand-building with ClayPottery & Modeled ScupltureAdults & TeensKärin RothwellBuild with clay to create one-of-a-kind objects of beauty and wonder - and for the practically minded, items ready to use in the kitchen or home as well. Learn the basic hand-building methods of pinching, coiling, molding and slab construction. Discover ways to enhance the surface with various treatments and concoctions as each will react in different ways with the final glazes.Wednesdays, Jan 15-Feb 126:00 PM-9:00 PM$246.50$290.00$40.00IN SESSION
Introduction to Pal Tiya PremiumPottery & Modeled ScupltureAdults & TeensAmber ErkiletianPal Tiya Premium is a new modeling cement designed for large sculptures that can withstand the elements. In this class you will learn the techniques for armature construction, handling and modeling. Tuesdays, Jan 21-Feb 116:00 PM-9:00 PM$204.00$240.00$70.00Register Now
Sculpting Portraits with Clay and PlasterPottery & Modeled ScupltureAdults & TeensSande French-StockwellLearn how to use clay and plaster to create 3-dimensional portraits. Students will work from a live model to create and armature sculpt their own likeness, spending three weeks with plaster and three with clay.Thursdays, Jan 23-Feb 276:00 PM-9:00 PM$272.00$320.00$40.00Register Now
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown PotteryPottery & Modeled ScupltureAdults & TeensEvan WilliamsLearn the basics of working on the potters wheel. Anyone can learn to throw but it takes lots of practice and persistence! We will cover centering, basic throwing technique, trimming, handles, and glazing. All work will be fired and taken home by students. Fridays, Jan 24-Mar 065:00 PM-7:00 PM$153.00$180.00$40.00FULL; Please call AVA at 603-448-3117 to be placed on a waiting list
Intermediate PotteryPottery & Modeled ScupltureAdults & TeensEvan WilliamsAnyone with some wheel throwing experience will learn more advanced pottery techniques. The class will explore forms such as lidded jars and boxes, pitchers, plates and platters, bottles, and maybe even a teapot.Mondays, Jan 27-Mar 095:30 PM-7:00 PM$153.00$180.00$40.00FULL. Please call AVA at 603.448.3118 to be placed on a wait list.
Introduction to Pal Tiya PremiumPottery & Modeled ScupltureAdults & TeensAmber ErkiletianPal Tiya Premium is a new modeling cement designed for large sculptures that can withstand the elements. In this class you will learn the techniques for armature construction, handling and modeling. Saturday and Sunday, Feb 01-Feb 0210:00 AM-4:00 PM$204.00$240.00$70.00Register Now
Continuing Pal Tiya PremiumPottery & Modeled ScupltureAdults & TeensAmber ErkiletianBuilding their Pal Tiya Premium skills, students will work on a larger sculpture of their own design. The focus of this class will be learning principles of sculpture such as design, proportion, attaching multiple pieces, and best structural practices.Tuesdays, Feb 25-Mar 176:00 PM-9:00 PM$204.00$240.00$70.00Register Now
Continuing Pal Tiya PremiumPottery & Modeled ScupltureAdults & TeensAmber ErkiletianBuilding their Pal Tiya Premium skills, students will work on a larger sculpture of their own design. The focus of this class will be learning principles of sculpture such as design, proportion, attaching multiple pieces, and best structural practices.Saturday and Sunday, Mar 07-Mar 0810:00 AM-4:00 PM$204.00$240.00$70.00Register Now
Introduction to Wheel-Thrown PotteryPottery & Modeled ScupltureAdults & TeensEvan WilliamsLearn the basics of working on the potters wheel. Anyone can learn to throw but it takes lots of practice and persistence! We will cover centering, basic throwing technique, trimming, handles, and glazing. All work will be fired and taken home by students. Fridays, Mar 13-Apr 245:00 PM-7:00 PM$153.00$180.00$40.00FULL; Please call AVA at 603-448-3117 to be placed on a waiting list
Intermediate PotteryPottery & Modeled ScupltureAdults & TeensEvan WilliamsAnyone with some wheel throwing experience will learn more advanced pottery techniques. The class will explore forms such as lidded jars and boxes, pitchers, plates and platters, bottles, and maybe even a teapot.Mondays, Mar 16-Apr 275:00 PM-7:00 PM$153.00$180.00$40.00Register Now
Cast Your Concept in Clay!Pottery & Modeled ScupltureAdults & TeensJohn David O'ShaughnessyExperience the magic in modeling and mold-making! Students will create their own unique designs in low relief by using fine plasticine clay and potter’s plaster. Take your model, mold your design, and create a casting. These designs may be used for conceptual projects, jewelry, tiles or incorporated into larger wheel thrown pottery pieces or hand built ceramic projects.Saturdays, Mar 21-Mar 2810:00 AM-4:00 PM$221.00$260.00$40.00Register Now
Flameworking Fanciful Glass BeadsGlassworkAdults & TeensStefania UristDiscover the art of lampwork bead-making! First melt glass by using a torch or “lamp”. Once molten, the glass is rotated around a rod or mandrel forming the base bead. Using a specialized torch to flamework soft glass beads students will learn different techniques to create a collection of beads with a variety of patterns and shapes using glass rods and select variety of hand tools. Now, as novice lampworkers add swirls, dots, flowers and many other patterns to the base creating a unique design.Saturday and Sunday, Jan 25-Jan 2610:00 AM-4:00 PM$221.00$260.00$100.00Register Now
Fusing Glass PlatesGlassworkAdults & TeensStefania UristFuse and slump colored glass to create your own glass plate or bowl. In this two-day workshop you will learn how to cut, assemble, fuse, and slump glass. Fusing is the technique of joining two or more pieces of glass in a hot kiln. Learn different glass fusing techniques to create any number of things: from slumped bowls and platters, to bullseye glass, to anything else the mind can conceive and make.Saturday and Sunday, Feb 15-Feb 1610:00 AM-4:00 PM$221.00$260.00$100.00Register Now
Introduction to Glassblowing (section 1)GlassworkAdults & TeensMichael KraatzIn this workshop you'll have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the hot glass studio and will sample ample time working with hot glass. You'll learn the basics to the melting furnace, the reheating oven (glory hole) and cooling oven (annealing oven). Hot glass is also a great team building activity for up the six participants, as it necessitates communication and teamwork. If your office or team is looking for a workshop opportunity please contact AVA. This class meets off-site at the Kraatz-Russell Studio in Enfield, NH.Saturday and Sunday, Mar 28-Mar 2910:00 AM-4:00 PM$297.50$350.00FULL. Please call AVA at 603-448-3117 to be placed on a waiting list.
Introduction to Glassblowing (section 2)GlassworkAdults & TeensMichael KraatzIn this workshop you'll have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the hot glass studio and will sample ample time working with hot glass. You'll learn the basics to the melting furnace, the reheating oven (glory hole) and cooling oven (annealing oven). Hot glass is also a great team building activity for up the six participants, as it necessitates communication and teamwork. If your office or team is looking for a workshop opportunity please contact AVA. This class meets off-site at the Kraatz-Russell Studio in Enfield, NH.Wednesday and Thursday, April 1-210:00 AM-4:00 PM$297.50$350.00Register Now
Introduction to Glassblowing (section 3)GlassworkAdults & TeensMichael KraatzIn this workshop you'll have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the hot glass studio and will sample ample time working with hot glass. You'll learn the basics to the melting furnace, the reheating oven (glory hole) and cooling oven (annealing oven). Hot glass is also a great team building activity for up the six participants, as it necessitates communication and teamwork. If your office or team is looking for a workshop opportunity please contact AVA. This class meets off-site at the Kraatz-Russell Studio in Enfield, NH.Saturday and Sunday, April 4-510:00 AM-4:00 PM$297.50$350.00Register Now
Welding for BeginnersMetalworkAdults & TeensJimmy MartellStrike the torch and spark your imagination. AVA's metal studio offers everything you need to learn welding basics. Get hands-on practice measuring, cutting and joining metal using MIG and "stick" welders, plasma cutters and oxy-acetylene torches. Safety, fun and learning are the priorities.Wednesdays, Jan 22-Mar 255:30 PM-8:30 PM$425.00$500.00$75.00FULL. Please call AVA at 603.448.3117 to be placed on a wait list.
Introduction to TIG WeldingMetalworkAdults & TeensJimmy MartellTIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) Welding is a specialized kind of welding used with Aluminum and other delicate metals. Student in this class will have the opportunity of learning about this unique tool while working with Dartmouth College's welder at his shop at Dartmouth.Saturday and Sunday, Jan 25-Jan 2610:00 AM-4:00 PM$221.00$260.00$75.00Register Now
Full of Hot AirMetalworkAdults & TeensSabrina FadialExplore the possibilities of creating inflated steel forms. Using sheet steel, heat, and air, participants will create three dimensional forms. Welding experience is helpful.Saturday and Sunday, Feb 22-Feb 2310:00 AM-4:00 PM$221.00$260.00$75.00Register Now
Introduction to TIG WeldingMetalworkAdults & TeensJimmy MartellTIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) Welding is a specialized kind of welding used with Aluminum and other delicate metals. Student in this class will have the opportunity of learning about this unique tool while working with Dartmouth College's welder at his shop at Dartmouth.Saturday and Sunday, Feb 29-Mar 0110:00 AM-4:00 PM$221.00$260.00$75.00Register Now
Be There, Be Square – Metal Fabrication MetalworkAdults & TeensJimmy MartellMetal heads: Design, measure, fit, and weld. Work on a whimsical or functional project that will also teach your about accuracy and metal craftsmanship. Some welding experience preferred.Saturday and Sunday, Mar 14-Mar 1510:00 AM-4:00 PM$221.00$260.00$75.00Register Now
The Nuts and Bolts of SculptureWood & MetalAdults & TeensMichael KraatzParticipants will learn the basics of many and various types of mechanical fasteners for sculpture applications, as well as the safe and efficient use of tools and machines to prepare students for future sculpture projects. Everything from wood screws to carriage bolts, machine screws to pop rivets and button head cap screws to acorn nuts will be covered. Aesthetic considerations of different fasteners will also be part of the class. Learn the many ways to fasten a piece of metal to a piece of wood to a piece of glass and much moreSaturdays, Feb 08-Feb 299:00 AM-3:00 PM$212.50$250.00$45.00Register Now
Woodworking with Hand and Power ToolsWoodworkingAdults & TeensChris McGrodyLearn to square up rough boards, lay out and cut a variety of wood joints including lap joints, bridle joints, mortises, tenons, and dovetails. Safely learn about jointers and planers, table saws and drill presses, band saws and routers. Use skills of a professional to complete a take-home project that demonstrates the skills you're learned.Tuesdays, Jan 14-Mar 176:00 PM-9:00 PM$425.00$500.00$45.00IN SESSION
Wood ProjectsWoodworkingAdults & TeensJay SinghHave an idea for a wood project, and looking for the skills and resources to build it? This is the class for you! Individualized, experienced instruction will help guide you from the project-planning stages all the way to a finished product. Though students new to wood creation are welcome, this class is meant for students with some workworking experience looking to create small-to-medium sized projects.Thursdays, Jan 16-Mar 196:00 PM-9:00 PM$425.00$500.00$45.00Register Now
Carving Masks: An Introduction to Wood CarvingWoodworkingAdults & TeensDave HurwitzWhile creating masks, this 3-day class will cover basic carving techniques, the carving properties of wood and the tools of the trade, including hand and power tools. We will also cover sharpening of hand tools. While power tools will be covered and demonstrated, the focus of the class will be on hand carving. Provided with a piece of basswood, students will carve masks of their own design and may incorporate other materials like wire, beads, feathers, found objects, etc. Students will be encouraged to base their masks on their own designs.Saturday and 2 Sundays, Feb 08-Feb 1610:00 AM-4:00 PM$255.00$300.00$45.00Register Now
Art AdventuresYouth Class6-9 Year-oldsAllison ZitoArt Adventures is an opportunity for elementary school artists to discover great works of art, observe nature, and refine their skills while exploring new and familiar art materials, methods and techniques. Students will observe, explore, investigate, make connections and create their own masterpieces inspired by great works of art and the natural world. We will draw, paint, create sculptures, print, make toys, and much more. Lessons will include cultural storytelling, games, history, and lots of fun.Thursdays, Jan 09-Mar 193:30 PM-5:15 PM$255.00 $300.00 IN SESSION
Art Academy: WeldingYouth ClassTeensJimmy MartellTeens: AVA's metal studio offers everything you need to learn welding basics. Get hands-on practice measuring, cutting and joining metal using MIG and "stick" welders, plasma cutters and oxy-acetylene torches. Safety, fun and learning are the priorities.Wednesdays, Jan 15-Feb 123:30 PM-5:30 PM$148.75 $175.00 $75 IN SESSION
Art Academy: 3D PrintingYouth Class10-14 Year-oldsLaurel Pollardfor 10-14 Year-olds: Learn how to draw in 3 dimensions on a computer, and to turn those drawings into physical objects - including characters, words and letters, and even jewelry - using 3D printing technology! Thursdays, Jan 16-Feb 133:00 PM-5:15 PM$148.75 $175.00 $20 IN SESSION
Art Academy: Stone CarvingYouth Class10-14 Year-oldsHeather Ritchiefor 10-14 Year-olds: Wield hammers, chisels, files and rasps! Create a stone sculpture using a variety of techniques. Bring your ideas or an image or drawing or let the stone dictate your design. Learn how to use simple hand tools in the reductive method of sculpture. Novice and experienced artists are encouraged to join in making small scale full round or relief carvings.Fridays, Jan 17-Feb 073:30 PM-6:00 PM$212.50 $250.00 $40 Register Now
Art Academy: Painting AnimalsYouth Class10-14 Year-oldsLea Wellsfor 10-14 Year-olds: Do you love animals? In this class, you will learn techniques for drawing and creating paintings of the animals we live with and those in the wild. Students will work towards creating a final painting of an animal of their choice. Mondays, Feb 24-March 23 (new dates)3:00 PM-5:15 PM (students coming from further away are welcome to arrive by 3:30 PM)$148.75$175.00Register Now
Art Academy: Painting SeascapesYouth Class10-14 Year-oldsLea Wellsfor 10-14 Year-olds: Want to take an ocean adventure? In this class, students will explore the unique light and colors of the sea, sea coasts, and sea life. Our painting and sketching explorations will lead us to create a final ocean inspired painting.Mondays, April 20-May 18 (new dates)3:00 PM-5:15 PM (students coming from further away are welcome to arrive by 3:30 PM)$148.75 $175.00 Register Now
Art Academy: Portraying the Human CharacterYouth Class10-14 Year-oldsKarl Neubauerfor 10-14 Year-olds: This class will include lessons in portraiture, figure drawing, painting and sculpting. Many of the classes will feature live models dressed in themed costumes. Students will explore several different media and study techniques that will enhance their creative practices.Wednesdays, Feb 26-March 25 (new dates)3:00 PM-5:15 PM (students coming from further away are welcome to arrive by 3:30 PM)$191.25 $225.00 Register Now
Art Academy: Crazy ComixYouth Class10-14 Year-oldsKarl Neubauerfor 10-14 Year-olds: Ever wanted to make your own comic? In this camp, you'll will create your own visual story and develop characters that can be easily re-drawn while exploring figure drawing, gesture, story boards, and lettering.Wednesdays, April 1-May 6 (no class April 15) (new dates)3:00 PM-5:15 PM (students coming from further away are welcome to arrive by 3:30 PM)$148.75 $175.00 Register Now
Winter Wonderland for 6-9 Year-oldsYouth: February Vacation Camp6-9 Year-oldsLea Wellsfor 6-9 year-olds: Mythical themes and magical realms will be explored as children learn about collage, painting and sculpture projects that can be done in winter!Monday-Friday, Feb 17-219:00 AM-12:00 PM$148.75 $175.00 Register Now
Stories in Art for 6-9 Year-oldsYouth: February Vacation Camp6-9 Year-oldsAllison Zitofor 6-9-year-olds: Art often has a story to tell or a hidden message, if a person looks closely. In this camp, children will look at great works of art and develop a keen eye for seeing some of the underlying secret codes and stories. They will explore cultural themes through storytelling and create works of art that tell a story or have an important message to share. Monday-Friday, Feb 17-211:00 PM-4:00 PM$148.75 $175.00 Register Now
Let's Get Rolling: Cars and Gliders for 9-12 Year-oldsYouth: February Vacation Camp9-12 Year-oldsKarl Neubauerfor 9-12 year-olds: Harness the power of gravity and the lightness of air. Campers will overcome the forces of friction and wind resistance when they design and build vehicles from reused and recyclable materials. They will test and innovate to make their creations go faster and farther. Finally, they'll get an introduction to aerodynamics, discovering how they can use the forces of gravity and thrust to make their creations fly. But as always, aesthetics rule. The coolest looking cars and planes are always winners!Monday-Friday, Feb 17-219:00 AM-12:00 PM$148.75 $175.00 Register Now
Lego Robotics for 9-12 Year-oldsYouth: February Vacation Camp9-12 Year-oldsEd Fieldingfor 9-12 year-olds: In this camp children will design, build and program Lego Mind-storm Robots to solve challenges with motors, sensors and a simple to learn visual programming language. The focus is to have a lot of fun while learning programming and engineering concepts. Monday-Friday, Feb 17-211:00 PM-4:00 PM$148.75 $175.00 Register Now
Aftercare for February Vacation CampsYouth: February Vacation Camp6-12 year-oldsAVA InstructorAftercare for AVA's vacation camps is $25 for the week, and runs from 4-5:15 PM. Monday-Friday, Feb 17-214-5:15 PM$25 $25 Register Now
Imagination Workshop for 6-9 Year-oldsYouth: April Vacation Camp6-9 Year-oldsLea Wellsfor 6-9 year-olds: Campers will learn to make art from their imagination. It may be beautiful, funny, or even a little spooky. We all know it will be amazing when we paint from our minds. This camp will focus on creating paintings from what we visualize in our imaginations.Monday-Friday, April 13-179 AM-Noon$148.75 $175.00 Register Now
Jungles and Rainforests for 6-9 Year-oldsYouth: April Vacation Camp6-9 Year-oldsAllison Zitofor 6-9-year-olds: Campers will begin this camp looking for inspiration in the jungle scenes of the painter Henry Rousseau and learning about colors and the techniques artists use objects look close and far away. They'll use what they learn to create their own collages and paintings of jungles and animals.Monday-Friday, April 13-171-4 PM$148.75 $175.00 Register Now
Lego Robotics for 9-12 Year-oldsYouth: April Vacation Camp9-12 Year-oldsEd Fieldingfor 9-12 year-olds: In this camp children will design, build and program Lego Mind-storm Robots to solve challenges with motors, sensors and a simple to learn visual programming language. The focus is to have a lot of fun while learning programming and engineering concepts.Monday-Friday, April 13-179 AM-Noon$148.75 $175.00 Register Now
Shape Works in 2D & 3D for 9-12 Year-oldsYouth: April Vacation Camp9-12 Year-oldsKarl Neubauerfor 9-12 year-olds: for 9-12 year-olds: Campers will use geometric shapes as design elements to make complex shapes and compositions, learning to enhance their ability draw, paint, and sculpt what they see. They'll create logos, creatures, people, objects, environments, and abstract designs with a variety of 2D and 3D media.Monday-Friday, April 13-179 AM-Noon$148.75 $175.00 Register Now
Aftercare for April Vacation CampsYouth: April Vacation Camp6-12 year-oldsAVA InstructorAftercare for AVA's vacation camps is $25 for the week, and runs from 4-5:15 PM. Monday-Friday, April 13-174-5:15 PM$25 $25 Register Now
ART STOP!Youth: Community ProgramGrades 5 - 8 (ages 10 - 14)Karl NeubauerART STOP is a free after school program that encourages youths in grades 5–8 to take inspiration from AVA’s ongoing exhibitions to create their own drawings, paintings, and sculptures.Tuesdays, Sept. 17, 2019 - June 2, 20203 - 5:15 PMFree thanks to a generous grant from the Couch Family Foundation.Please call AVA at 603.448.3117 to register for ART STOP
CAOS for ToddlersYouth: Community ProgramAges 1 - 4 and CaregiversCAOS (Community Arts Open Studio) is a weekly workshop where toddlers (ages 1 - 4) with caregivers make their own self-directed art projects using a diverse assortment of art supplies in AVA’s Schleicher Children’s Studio.Fridays, September 13 – June 129:30 – 11:30 AMFree through the generous sponsorship of Emily and Errik Anderson and their family. CAOS is a free drop-in open studio for toddlers ages 1-4 and their parents and caregivers.
CAOS for FamiliesYouth: Community ProgramAll AgesCAOS (Community Arts Open Studio) is a weekly workshop where children with caregivers make their own self-directed art projects using a diverse assortment of art supplies in AVA’s Schleicher Children’s Studio.Saturdays, Sept. 14, 2019 - June 13, 20209 AM - 1 PMFree through the generous sponsorship of Emily and Errik Anderson and their family. CAOS is a free drop-in open studio for children and their families.