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

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

We will begin accepting applications for our 5 week in depth summer program in January pf 2024.

Teen Requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 14-18 or currently enrolled in high school
  • Be interested in pursuing the arts past high school.
  • Signed permission by parent or legal guardian
  • Reside in San Diego County, students in Escondido will have priority
  • Be responsible and willing to help clean up the teen studio at the end of each day
  • Interest and desire to learn, work hard and explore your talents
  • Be respectful and able to work well with others

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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

We will begin accepting applications for our 5 week in depth summer program in January pf 2024.

Please click here to download the application.


Life Drawing Sessions



Due to space constraints we are no longer holding life drawing sessions. We now refer people to The Escondido Music and Arts Company.
Contact them directly for details.

Upcoming Workshops



Workshops are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 1-4pm. Contact us to sign up.

Nov 18, 2023. 1pm-4pm.
Artist TBA
Details coming soon.
Please RSVP to contact @ to RSVP.


Dear Melissa, I am pleased to write this letter in support of the ArtHatch program. I strongly support ArtHatch and the focus it brings, especially through the teen program. I also support any grant application and the focus on overhead, materials and professional artist involvement being provided to be able to continue this amazing program.

As a parent of four children, I admire the initiatives ArtHatch brings and the specific positive influence that this has had on my teen daughter, Gina. Gina had negative experiences in traditional public school during middle school and her grades began dropping. During the global pandemic we found that she excelled in her academics when she was in a virtual platform and away from the social stressors that a traditional school brings. Therefore, after schools began returning in person and her grades began suffering again and she was given a mental health diagnosis of depression and anxiety we once again pulled her and enrolled her in a homeschool program. While grades have improved on into her high school career, she was lacking positive social interactions and opportunities to participate in the fine arts. All of this changed one day, when as a “field trip” she and I visited ArtHatch. One of your artists, Megan, was able to speak with Sarah and discuss the art she was creating on her own at home and then draw her out of her shyness shell and told us about the ArtHatch Teen Program. Since that day this past summer Gina has been attending the teen workshops and flourishing in her art abilities and social interaction.

I think it is imperative to mention that, for teens, Art has been particularly useful as a healing agent that produces both beautiful and beneficial results. It provides a creative outlet to release emotional trauma. Individuals are able to express struggles they can’t speak about verbally through an art form. Among many other positive qualities, Art allows teens to have productive self-expression, gain self control, acquire confidence through progress, build an immediate sense of purpose, and find a lifelong purpose.

I am truly appreciative of what ArtHatch has done not only for my daughter, but other teens and the community as a whole.



To Whom it May Concern,

I am writing a letter of support for ArtHatch’s Internship opportunity my daughter, Aria, who has been fortunate enough to participate in during her fall 2022 Poway to Palomar Middle College - High School Internship Course. ArtHatch has provided an exceptional, inspirational experience for Aria. She has met with professional artists, received lessons for her sketching and painting, and has benefited from attending to the tasks of keeping a gallery running including meeting with board members and attending community events.

Internship programs like this are crucial and provide necessary experiences that prepare students for their future. ArtHatch generously took my daughter in and sparked a passion within her. Their program allows young, aspiring artists an opportunity to consider potential avenues and provides inspiration and insight into what it takes to accomplish their goals. Students benefit greatly from real-world opportunities like this.

I hope that this letter of support for ArtHatch will help them secure resources and support from the community so they may continue their amazing work with local teens. The impact of bringing peace and inspiration to our younger generation is something worthy of your support. ArtHatch is doing an amazing job and our local teens are benefitting from their dedication. It is my hope that they will be able to continue this outstanding program.





Names on this page changed for privacy.



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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