Youth Art Classes & Camps

Kids Making Art

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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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Class or CampCategoryLevelInstructorDescriptionDatesTime 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: 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: 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
Color Explosion for 6-9 Year-oldsYouth Class6-9 Year-oldsDana Saulnierfor 6-9 Year-olds: This process-oriented class is devoted to the world of color. An overview of the color wheel will launch students into more creative artistic explorations. Projects will include both drawing and painting as well as other hands-on activities like making natural pigments. Young artists will be encouraged to play and experiment to discover the endless possibilities of color.Mondays, March 23-April 27 (no class April 13)3:30 PM-5:15 PM$127.50$150Register 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
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: 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, April 23-May 213:15 PM-5:15 PM$148.75$175.00$20Register 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$175.00IN SESSION
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$175.00IN SESSION
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$175.00IN SESSION
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$175.00IN SESSION
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$25IN SESSION
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 13-171-4 PM$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
CAOS for 6-9 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week One6-9 Year-oldsChristie Keeney6-9 Year-olds: Join the CAOS! AVA's signature CAOS (Community Arts Open Studio) program becomes a week long, self-directed program for campers to investigate their creativity using AVA's ample assortment of 2 and 3 dimensional art materials and supplies.Monday-Friday, June 29-July 39 AM-Noon$148.75$175Register Now
CAOS for 9-12 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week One9-12 Year-oldsLea Wells9-12 Year-olds: Join the CAOS! AVA's signature CAOS (Community Arts Open Studio) program becomes a week long, self-directed program for campers to investigate their creativity using AVA's ample assortment of 2 and 3 dimensional art materials and supplies.Monday-Friday, June 29-July 39 AM-Noon$148.75$175Register Now
CAOS for 6-9 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week One6-9 Year-oldsLea Wells6-9 Year-olds: Join the CAOS! AVA's signature CAOS (Community Arts Open Studio) program becomes a week long, self-directed program for campers to investigate their creativity using AVA's ample assortment of 2 and 3 dimensional art materials and supplies.Monday-Friday, June 29-July 31-4 PM$148.75$175Register Now
CAOS for 9-12 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week One9-12 Year-oldsChristie Keeney9-12 Year-olds: Join the CAOS! AVA's signature CAOS (Community Arts Open Studio) program becomes a week long, self-directed program for campers to investigate their creativity using AVA's ample assortment of 2 and 3 dimensional art materials and supplies.Monday-Friday, June 29-July 31-4 PM$148.75$175Register Now
Week One AftercareSummer Camp: Week OneAll AgesAVA InstructorEnd-of-day aftercare for AVA's summer campsMonday-Friday, June 29-July 34-5:15 PM$25$25Register Now
Days of Knights and Unicorns for 6-9 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Two6-9 Year-oldsAllison Zito6-9 Year-olds: The unicorn is a symbol of bravery and intelligence, pride and purity, with healing powers and joyful innocence. Campers in this camp will explore the world of Knights, Kings and Queens. They'll learn about armor, coats of arms, and use what they learn to create all kinds of heraldic inspired art.Monday-Friday, July 6-109 AM-Noon$148.75$175Register Now
Mixed-Up Media Blitz for 9-12 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Two9-12 Year-oldsBeth McGee9-12 Year-olds: Explore how paint and glue combine fabric, photos, string, and more! Create textured paintings and painted objects (like sneakers!). The 2 and 3 dimensional possibilities are practically endless. Monday-Friday, July 6-109 AM-Noon$148.75$175Register Now
Fairies and Magical Beasts for 6-9 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Two6-9 Year-oldsBeth McGee6 -9 Year-olds: Make magic with sculpture, painting, drawing, and the performing arts. Campers will mix all these forms into a magical realm where fairy wings, magical beasts, and enhanced forests await! Monday-Friday, July 6-101-4 PM$148.75$175Register Now
Landscapes / Cityscapes for 9-12 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Two9-12 Year-oldsKarl Neubauer9-12 Year-olds: Campers will find their way into the landscape using the tricks of perspective to create the illusion of space on the flat surface of drawings and paintings. Draw a pond in a glen and dive right in!    Monday-Friday, July 6-101-4 PM$148.75$175Register Now
Week Two AftercareSummer Camp: Week TwoAll AgesAVA InstructorEnd-of-day aftercare for AVA's summer campsMonday-Friday, July 6-104-5:15 PM$25$25Register Now
Puppets and Critters for 6-9 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Three6-9 Year-oldsBeth McGee6-9 Year-olds: Using socks, fabrics, and other found objects, campers will create their own puppets and soft critters. They'll use their imagination to design and create characters, and with a variety of materials bring them to life!Monday-Friday, July 13-179 AM-Noon$148.75$175Register Now
The Hidden Life of Plants for 9-12 Year-oldsSummer Camp: Week Three9-12 Year-oldsKarl Neubauer9-12 Year-olds: Offered in Partnership with the Dartmouth College Department of Biological Sciences. Campers will explore the workings of plants through art and experimentation, with a special focus on the hidden world of roots. Participants will take field trips to see tropical, sub-tropical, desert, and aquatic plants— including the Brout Orchid Collection—observing plants and their environments from a Macro perspective. A visit to the College’s Microscopy Lab will introduce students to plants on the Micro level, as they see incredibly close using contemporary technology. The insights gained through these trips will be brought back into the art studio, where participants will interpret and express their experiences through 2D and 3D projects, both big and small. The Hidden Life of Plants is funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation.Monday-Friday, July 13-179 AM-4 PM$297.50$350Register Now
Painting Experiments for 6-9 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Three6-9 Year-oldsMaggie Kundtz Joseph6-9 Year-olds: Have fun with paints! Campers will learn and experiment with colors & mixing; explore scale by painting both big and tiny things; and create paintings from observation, imagination and memory.Monday-Friday, July 13-171-4 PM$148.75$175Register Now
Week Three AftercareSummer Camp: Week ThreeAll AgesAVA InstructorEnd-of-day aftercare for AVA's summer campsMonday-Friday, July 13-174-5:15 PM$25$25Register Now
Fairies and Magical Beasts for 6-9 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Four6-9 Year-oldsLea Wells6 -9 Year-olds: Make magic with sculpture, painting, drawing, and the performing arts. Campers will mix all these forms into a magical realm where fairy wings, magical beasts, and enhanced forests await! Monday-Friday, July 20-249 AM-Noon$148.75$175Register Now
Lego Robotics for 9-12 Year-oldsSummer Camp: Week Four9-12 Year-oldsEd Fielding9-12 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, July 20-249 AM-Noon$148.75$175Register Now
2D Exploration Studio for 6-9 Year-oldsSummer Camp: Week Four6-9 Year-oldsChristie Keeney6-9 Year-olds: Campers will spend the week exploring and creating art using a variety of 2D art-making methods, including drawing, painting, and collage. The goal is to have fun and learn about the different ways 2-dimensional art can be made.Monday-Friday, July 20-241-4 PM$148.75$175Register Now
Imagination Workshop for 9-12 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Four9-12 Year-oldsLea Wells9-12 Year-olds: Campers will learn to paint 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, July 20-241-4 PM$148.75$175Register Now
Week Four AftercareSummer Camp: Week FourAll AgesAVA InstructorEnd-of-day aftercare for AVA's summer campsMonday-Friday, July 20-244-5:15 PM$25$25Register Now
3D Exploration Studio for 6-9 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Five6-9 Year-oldsBeth McGee6-9 Year-olds: Campers will spend the week exploring and creating art using a variety of 3D art-making methods, including clay, paper mache, and fabric. The goal is to have fun and learn about the different ways 3-dimensional art can be made.Monday-Friday, July 27-319 AM-Noon$148.75$175Register Now
Lego Robotics for 9-12 Year-oldsSummer Camp: Week Five9-12 Year-oldsEd Fielding9-12 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, July 27-319 AM-Noon$148.75$175Register Now
Painting Experiments for 6-9 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Five6-9 Year-oldsAVA Instructor6-9 Year-olds: Have fun with paints! Campers will learn and experiment with colors & mixing; explore scale by painting both big and tiny things; and create paintings from observation, imagination and memory.Monday-Friday, July 27-311-4 PM$148.75$175Register Now
Fantastical Fabric Creations for 9-12 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Five9-12 Year-oldsBeth McGee9-12 Year-olds: Explore how paint and glue combine fabric, photos, string, and more! Create textured paintings and painted objects (like sneakers!). The 2 and 3 dimensional possibilities are practically endless. Monday-Friday, July 27-311-4 PM$148.75$175Register Now
Week Five AftercareSummer Camp: Week FiveAll AgesAVA InstructorEnd-of-day aftercare for AVA's summer campsMonday-Friday, July 27-314-5:15 PM$25$25Register Now
Behind the Mask for 6-9 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Six6-9 Year-oldsEmily Battles6-9 Year-olds: Masks have the power to transform a child into an elephant or an elephant into a butterfly. With paper, feathers, paint and a whole lot of creativity, students will explore the wonder of masks from all around the world. On the last day of class students will pool all they have learned into a theatrical presentation of the masks they’ve created!Monday-Friday, August 3-79 AM-Noon$148.75$175Register Now
The Art of Greece and Rome for 9-12 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Six9-12 Year-oldsAllison Zito9-12 Year-olds: Campers will look at the works of art from Ancient Greece and Rome, some of the world's greatest human achievements. They'll then create their own artistic masterpieces inspired by the myths, culture, events and inventions of the Ancient World.Monday-Friday, August 3-79 AM-Noon$148.75$175Register Now
Art and Nature for 6-9 Year-olds at Crossroads AcademySummer Camp: Week Six6-9 Year-oldsMaggie Stoudnour6-9 Year-olds: Let nature inspire art as we use art to better see the world around us! We will explore, observe, imagine, and create in the woods around Crossroads Academy. Our adventures will help us see the flora and fauna to which we will apply artistic approaches from what we see, hear, smell, and touch. At the end of the week we will celebrate our discoveries with an exhibit of our creations. This camp meets at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, NH.Monday-Friday, August 3-79 AM-3:30 PM$375$375Click Here to Register at Crossroads Academy
Stories and Art for 9-12 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Six9-12 Year-oldsEmily Battles9-12 Year-olds: This camp explores the wonder of illustrated books and places the pen in the child’s hand. During this class students will explore how to make a book, from plot to illustrations to even book binding, students will create their own one of a kind story. There will also be a visit to the Lebanon Library where students will have the chance to explore new books and gain more inspiration for their own project.Monday-Friday, August 3-71-4 PM$148.75$175Register Now
The Tree of Life for 6-9 Year-OldSummer Camp: Week Six6-9 Year-oldsAllison Zito6-9 Year-olds: Gustav Klimt and Vincent van Gogh are among the artists that captured the majesty and glory of trees. There are some trees older than any other life on Earth, and trees provide shelter, oxygen, and water for people and animals alike. Campers this week will celebrate the humble and giving tree with drawings, paintings sculptures and more. Monday-Friday, August 3-71-4 PM$148.75$175Register Now
Week Six AftercareSummer Camp: Week SixAll AgesAVA InstructorEnd-of-day aftercare for AVA's summer campsMonday-Friday, August 3-74-5:15 PM$25$25Register Now
Amazing Murals for 6-9 Year-oldsSummer Camp: Week Seven6-9 Year-oldsLea Wells6-9 Year-olds: Using colorful paints, large paper, and teamwork, campers will produce life-sized art meant for the wall, not the table. They'll spend time sketching ideas and using their imaginations to create a single large painting that everyone had a hand in making, and but also take get to take home their own piece of it.Monday-Friday, August 10-149 AM-Noon$148.75$175Register Now
Into the Woods for 9-12 Year-olds at Crossroads AcademySummer Camp: Week Seven9-12 Year-oldsKarl Neubauer9-12 Year-olds: Many of the stories we hear, growing up, take place in the woods. The ‘100 Acre Woods’ at Crossroads invite campers to follow its trails into their own stories. The more we learn about the plants, animals and ecology of this forest, the more we see there. In drawings, paintings, and sculptures we will record our observations and develop the stories that our adventures inspire us to tell.This camp meets at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, NH.Monday-Friday, August 10-149 AM-3:30 PM$375$375Click Here to Register at Crossroads Academy
Secrets of the Green World for 9-12 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Seven9-12 Year-oldsEmily Battles9-12 Year-olds: Offered in Partnership with the Dartmouth College Department of Biological Sciences. Join us to explore the inner and outer workings of plants through art and experimentation. Participants will visit the Murdough Greenhouses at Dartmouth, the College's microscope lab, and perform experiments with the Biology Department—creatively investigating plants, and the specific effects of the plant hormone ethylene, from multiple perspectives. Inspired by these visual and conceptual prompts, campers will use new and traditional art-making techniques to create both realistic and abstract works in a variety of 2D and 3D media. Secrets of the Green World is funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation.Monday-Friday, August 10-149 AM-4 PM$297.50$350Register Now
Bees and Butterflies for 6-9 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Seven6-9 Year-oldsAllison Zito6-9 Year-olds: Learn about helpful insects and use that as inspiration to create sculptures, drawings, paintings and more! Campers will observe, explore, investigate, make connections and create their own masterpieces inspired by the natural world. Monday-Friday, August 10-141-4 PM$148.75$175Register Now
Week Seven AftercareSummer Camp: Week SevenAll AgesAVA InstructorEnd-of-day aftercare for AVA's summer campsMonday-Friday, August 10-144-5:15 PM$25$25Register Now
Art-estra Orchestra for 6-9 Year-Olds, with Upper Valley Music CenterSummer Camp: Week Eight6-9 Year-oldsLea Wells & Nic Zannoni6-9 Year-olds: Music and art educators from the Upper Valley Music Center and AVA take campers on a quest to discover the ways in which music and art can work together. Students will explore a variety of visual art materials as they create their own instruments and learn to play them. At the conclusion of the week there will be a grand performance.Monday-Friday, August 17-219 AM-Noon$178.50$210Register Now
Build It Green: Sustainable Architecture for 9-13 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Eight9-13 Year-oldsKarl Neubauer9-13 Year-olds: Imagine a building that uses very little energy, generates what it needs, and fits in with it's surroundings. Then imagine how this building helps the people who live, work, or play in it. Campers will bring this building to the drawing board and to the model stage. Then we'll figure out how it might built in the real world. This program is supported in part by the Greg Hemberger Memorial Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.Monday-Friday, August 17-219 AM-4 PM$297.50$350Register Now
Birds! Take to the Skies for 6-9 Year-OldsSummer Camp: Week Eight6-9 Year-oldsAllison Zito6-9 Year-olds: Birds hold a special fascination for those of us grounded on this Earth. Campers will draw, paint, sculpt, create a bird toy and learn simple ways to help endangered birds.Monday-Friday, August 17-211-4 PM$148.75$175Register Now
Week Eight AftercareSummer Camp: Week EightAll AgesAVA InstructorEnd-of-day aftercare for AVA's summer campsMonday-Friday, August 17-214-5:15 PM$25$25Register Now