Do you want to be a part of an exciting artistic community? Are you interested in pursuing a career in the Arts?

ArtHatch offers a free Teen Art Program that supports young talent by providing FREE art supplies, FREE exhibition space and FREE working studio space. This unique program focuses on developing skills in technique building and creative exploration through artist-to-artist mentorship, monthly free workshops, field trips and gallery events.

We are currently accepting applications for 2019-2020 ArtHatch Teen Program.

Teen Requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 15-18
  • Have not yet graduated from High School
  • Signed permission by parent or legal guardian
  • Reside in San Diego County
  • Provide 2 volunteer hours per month for gallery or community events
  • (Volunteer hours can be applied to meeting high school volunteer requirements)
  • Consistent studio attendance and/or workshops
  • Interest and desire to learn, work hard and explore your talents

Martita M. Foss, Program Director

As a lifetime artist, she has a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University and is currently working on her Masters of Art Administration.


Saturday Workshops are held throughout the year and are free to teens enrolled in ArtHatch Teen Program.

Workshops will be open to the public with priority given to enrolled teens and ArtHatch studio artists. Please contact us directly with your request.


ArtHatch Teen Arts Program - FREE
ArtHatch Wall and Studio Artists - $20
Adults - $40
Teens - $10

Summer Studio Program

Two week sessions - dates to be determined

Please click here to download the application.


Life Drawing Sessions

Life drawing sessions are held at ArtHatch on an ongoing basis.
Sessions are open to the public for a $15 fee.
Sessions are held with a nude model for artists 18+.
We ask you to bring a chair, supplies, and BYOB.
Sorry, no photographers.

Upcoming Life Drawing Sessions
317 E Grand Ave Escondido CA 92025   760-781-5779 for more info

Stay tuned for upcoming classes! We'll post them here.

Upcoming Workshops Pending


Thank you for the opportunity to show my art as a part of ArtHatch. It was a very rewarding experience that helped inspire confidence in myself and my art. The feedback I received from everyone was invaluable, as was the knowledge I gained from helping out around the gallery. You guys are awesome!

Thank you again!


- Michael D, age 19



As an aspiring artist, I initially saw ArtHatch as a way to simply practice some of the skills I would need in my future career. Before ArtHatch, I was very intimidated by the idea of people viewing my work, and felt like I wasn't ready to be in a gallery or anything.

Melissa and the people at ArtHatch helped me learn all of the basics about showing in a gallery - pricing, varnishing, picking a wall, hanging artwork, and just talking to other artists in general. Even the required volunteer hours held value for me. Having never had a job before, it was just what I needed to feel confident helping around where I was needed, and makes the idea of getting a paid job in the future seem a lot less frightening.

The most incredible part of ArtHatch though, to me, was the connections I've made. Being more interested in entertainment/commercial art than fine art, I did not expect to make especially relevant contacts with other artists at ArtHatch. I was proved wrong when Melissa told me that one of the artists, Roel Jovellanos, worked as a concept artist at Sony Entertainment - the exact line of work I'm aiming for. During one of the gallery receptions, I got to meet him and speak with him, and he gave me so much advice and information. He even came up to the ArtHatch studio and gave us much-needed critiques. I now keep in touch with Roel, and I get so much advice and questions answered. He's even been keeping me updated on the status of Sony's internships, which I hope one day I'll be ready to apply for.

As my ArtHatch group is nearing the end of its session, I no longer feel intimidated. Having people critique and talk to me about my artwork has become a natural thing, and after it's all over, I plan on continuing to volunteer at the gallery, and perhaps even help the next ArtHatch group with setting up, if I'm around during that time. I hope that other teens can get as much out of ArtHatch as I did.

- Lillian Harter, age 17



Five years ago, when I was ten years old, I received a combined kidney/pancreas transplant. Before my transplant, while I was on dialysis waiting for organs to become available, I made friends with a girl named Charlie. She died waiting for an organ. I realized that, even though I had suffered through diabetes and kidney failure, I had been extremely lucky to receive the care I needed. Furthermore, I realized that there are people all across the world suffering the same fate Charlie did because of the lack of awareness about organ donation.

Upon seeing the work in ArtHatch, I was inspired to express my memories of kidney failure and diabetes through art. I created a plastic effigy in honor of Charlie. ArtHatch gave me a way to display my art and spread awareness at a real venue. Also, working with real artists gave me the opportunity to receive professional advice on my art. I got the chance to talk with other teens who were into art and learn about different styles and mediums. At the gallery, Melissa and Sam Walker helped me learn the mechanics of installing and displaying art. They also gave me the golden advice to hang a statement next to my work, so the viewers could know Charlie's story. Melissa showed me the different cards that artists make and gave me a place to present my own cards. I handed out invitations to all my friends and teachers.

Opening night was a big success. A fellow artist and bone marrow donor told me he would recommend me to another gallery. It was an amazing experience and, best of all, I was able to spread organ donation awareness among the community.


- Laura Slusser, age 15

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Second Saturday Receptions with open studios, live music, Stone Beer and wine 6-10.
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