Youth Art Classes & Camps

Kids Making Art

Click on the plus sign (+) for a full class description. Members receive 15% off all classes and workshops.

Students who sign up for 2 or more Art Academy or Art Adventures classes in one season at AVA will receive $15 off each class. This discount is available only by calling AVA at 603.448.3117 during normal business hours (not online) and is applicable only if the same student is signing up for multiple classes (as opposed to multiple students in the same household signing up for one class each).

If a motivated teen is interested in experiencing the camaraderie and creative focus inherent in our adult classes, AVA welcomes their participation!

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ClassCategoryLevelInstructorDescriptionDatesTime Members Price (15% off) Non-members PriceAdditional Fees / MaterialsRegistration
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$300.00IN 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$75IN 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$20IN 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$40Register 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 183:00 PM-5:15 PM (students coming from further away are welcome to arrive by 3:30 PM)$148.75$175.00Register Now
Art Academy: 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$225.00Register 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$175.00Register 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$175.00Register 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$175.00Register 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$175.00Register 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$175.00Register 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$25Register 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$175.00Register 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$175.00Register 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$175.00Register Now
Shape Works in 2D & 3D for 9-12 Year-oldsYouth: April Vacation Camp9-12 Year-oldsKarl Neubauerfor 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$175.00Register 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$25Register 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.