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 The artgarage is an afterschool, free, open art studio on the HVRHS campus staffed by adult artists.

Here’s what that means for the students who enjoy our program:

Open art studio: the artgarage offers students the experience of an artist’s studio. We do not have a curriculum or required instruction. Instead we encourage the teenage artists to explore our broad selection of conventional and unusual materials. We support their curiosity by creating opportunities to improve their existing skills and learn new skills without the constraints of assignments and grades.

Artist mentors also offer ongoing workshops in various media for students who prefer a more structured lesson time. Workshops offered in the past: throwing pottery on a potter’s wheel, drawing, mosaics, sewing and clothing design. See our page on the HVRHS website for workshop offerings.

On the campus/afterschool:  the artgarage is located on the end of the new tech center in the former equipment garages. The artgarage was the flagship program of the renovation of the Clarke B. Wood building. We have been open since 2005. Our schedule is linked to the late bus schedule. Students do not need independent transportation to attend the artgarage. No late bus = no artgarage.

Free: all materials, space, instruction, field trips and programs are offered at no cost to the students.

Drop-in: student artists may visit the artgarage whenever they have time. Some come every afternoon, some once a week, some every now and then. We are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 3PM – 5:15PM.

Staff: all of our artist-mentors are working artists from the communities around HVRHS. We include painters, sculptors, designers, illustrators, potters, art teachers.

We offer skilled instruction as well as gentle support for each student’s individual artistic journey.