10 Places for Art Classes in New Hampshire

Art classes encourage natural talent and teach technique to those who might not deem themselves gifted. For some, art makes a career. For others, art simply serves as a means of expression. Whatever role it plays in your life, New Hampshire’s host of art classes run the gamut from sketching and painting to pottery and glassblowing. Find out which one is the best fit for you. Here are the best art classes in the state. 

Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH

At the Currier Museum of Art, students of all ages may select from an intriguing array of art classes and workshops. They also feature a selection of Master Classes for intermediate to experienced-level adult and teen artists. Taught by experienced artists and art instructors, the classes come highly recommended by countless people from within the New England art community.

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AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, NH

Sign up for classes in painting photography, ceramics, metalworking and more at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon. Held seasonally, the classes typically incorporate New Hampshire’s eclectic natural bounty. Classes and workshops are added frequently, so check back with them often if you don’t immediately see something that intrigues you.

Jackson Art Studio & Gallery, Jackson, NH

Featuring art classes for adults and students, Jackson Art Studio & Gallery teaches the many facets of painting. This fall’s workshop was “Painting the Fall Landscape,” and it including instruction in both color and composition. Similar classes/workshops will take place throughout the year.

Andres Institute of Art, Brookline, NH

Andres Institute of Art holds art classes, based heavily upon sculpture. The facility features the largest outdoor sculpture park in all of New England. Contact the institute directly for the upcoming class schedule.

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School of Art at Kimball Jenkins Estate, Concord, NH

Art classes held at the School of Art at Kimball Jenkins Estate are available for both adult and students, and feature a wide range of mediums. Choose from abstract painting, printmaking, watercolors, acrylic painting, pottery, handbuilding in clay, sketching and nature journaling. Taught by local artists, these classes are popular and tend to fill up relatively fast. Check the website or call for class schedules.

League of N.H. Craftsmen, Concord, NH

The Craft Center at the League of N.H. Craftsmen offers art classes and craft workshops throughout the year. Check the website frequently for the list of upcoming options.

Terrapin Glassblowing Studio, Jaffrey, NH

Art classes at Terrapin Glassblowing Studio include both Hot Shop Classes and Flame Shop Classes. Students are taught how challenging this medium is to work with and how to do so safely, but artistically. Classes are open to those aged seven and up, but a parent/guardian must accompany all students under the age of 16.

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Studio 550 Art Center, Manchester, NH

Learn the art of pottery, stained glass, clay sculpting, painting and drawing at Studio 550 Art Center in Manchester. Classes are held for adults and kids, as well as for varying levels of artistry. Gift certificates are available for classes, and date night classes are held, too.

Creative Ventures Gallery, Milford, NH

Art classes abound at Creative Ventures Gallery. The current roster includes Beginner Acrylic Workshop, Animal Sculpture Workshop, Glass Painting Workshop, Secrets of Sizzling Color. Workshop, Mixed Media Play Workshop and Plein Air Painting Process Workshop. Two holiday workshops include Skull Sculpting and Tiny Tangled Houses. Most classes are for ages 16 through adult, and they are very affordable. Most workshops are held in two sessions on a weekend day, with others being held in just one evening session.

Littleton Studio School, Littleton, NH

At Littleton Studio School, students of all ages can take classes in pottery throwing, watercolors, jewelry making, string art and metalworking. Taught by local artists, classes range from beginner level and up, with many featuring ongoing levels so students may become even more proficient at their craft. The winter class list has just recently been posted online.

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