Kids Programs

Art is important for growing and creative minds! Let your kids express themselves in our workshops and classes. Many of our classes are on rolling admission and some are drop-in to offer a bit of flexibility for busy lives. Check-in often for any updates. Have any questions? Call Deb Smook, the Education Director at (508) 961-3072

Learning Studio – Early Literacy through the Arts 
Mon & Wed,  Feb 24 – Sept 30, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Irwin M. Jacobs elementary school family engagement center
47 Emery St  New Bedford, MA 02740

Families and children from birth to three years of age will create, build language skills, and learn together. The Learning Studio will offer visual arts, music, dance, drama, and storytelling to introduce communication, both verbal and non-verbal. The program will support parents and caregivers as their children’s first teachers, and implement an arts-based early learning experience with developmentally appropriate practices. Our flexible drop-in program is entirely free thanks to our generous partners and sponsors: Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, and the New Bedford Birth-3rd Partnership.

If you wish to *pre-register or have questions you may contact Deb Smook at (508) 961-3072 
*Pre-registration is not required to attend.


April Vacation Week
4/21 – 2/24/2020

Each April NBAM/AW! offers art-making workshops for kids ages 6-13+.

Please select the course title to register.

Comics, Cartooning & Digital Animation
9 AM – 2 PM
Ages 10 – 13+
Member Price $252.00    Non-Member $280.00

Students will learn the basics of comics and cartooning. Plan storyboards and characters. We will explore digital animation time permitting. Themes will be discussed in class and facilitated by the instructor.

9 AM – 2 PM
Ages 10 – 13+
Member Price $252.00   Non-Member $280.00

Students will learn basic hand-building techniques before creating on the wheel. Themes will be discussed in class and facilitated by the instructor.

Multi-media 2D and 3D
9 AM – 2 PM
Ages 6 – 9
Member Price $252.00   Non-Member $280.00

Youth will explore various media including drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture. Themes will be discussed and facilitated by the instructor.

Need to drop off early? Can’t pick up at 2 PM? We’ve got you covered!

Early Drop off is $5 per day and runs from 8:30 AM  –  9 AM
After-Sessions are $27 per day and run from 2 PM  –  5 PM

Tue, 4/21
Early Drop Off – Click to Register 
After-Session – Click to Register 

Wed, 4/22
Early Drop Off – Click to Register 
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Thurs, 4/23
Early Drop Off – Click to Register 
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Fri, 4/24
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Spring Creative Family Workshop
Diana Craft
Sat, Apr 4, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
 Cost: Non-member $17.00     Member: $15.00

Hippity-Hop to our workshop to celebrate the sights and colors of spring.
After a long winter, it is finally time for buds to bloom and critters to come out of hibernation. Join us as we create
one-of-a-kind handmade, no-sew bunnies and unique flowers using all the colors of the rainbow.
These fun activities will surely warm your heart and put a smile on your face!







Kids Clay Classes
Sat, 12 – 2 PM,  rolling admission
Non-Member: $28     Member: $25 

Weekly drop-in clay classes are now running! Pay as you go. Parents welcome to join in! Students learn basic hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques to create sculptures and vessels.  Clay and glazes are provided for free. Please pre-register for classes to save your spot! 



Operating much like a bookmobile, the 2 purple vans, each with 2 experienced art educators, engage children with fun educational art activities at 20 New Bedford community sites for 7 weeks during July and August.  

This program resumes every summer during the months of July and August.

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