Youth Studio Classes Info Page

Mesa Arts Center is proud to offer visual and performing arts programming for youth, pre-teens, and teens, in our 14 state of the art studio classrooms! On this page, parents and students will find helpful info about registration, pick-up/drop-off, safety info, and much more! 


Our Box Office is open and available for questions during the following hours:

Tuesdays - in person only from 12-5pm

Wednesdays-Saturdays - in person and over the phone at 480-644-6500


For questions, please contact or the Studios Manager, Laura Wilde,



Welcome to The Mesa Art Center’s Youth Classes!


We are happy to offer engaging art classes for your child and we look forward to seeing their creations. Please take a moment to read through these guidelines to ensure a safe and fun class experience for kids, parents, and instructors. 


  • A series of classes occur at the same time every week. You will receive a schedule of class projects on the first day. Please notify your instructor if your child will miss a class.


  • For each class, we will need a Youth Registration and Photography Consent form (available online below). On the first day please complete these forms prior to leaving your child in class.


  • Students in youth classes may not arrive or leave class on their own unless they are ages 14 and above. If so, the parent or guardian has completed the Independent Check-In and Out Authorization Form.


  • If the child is not authorized to arrive or leave independently, please accompany your child to and from class, make eye contact with the instructor, and sign them in or out before departing.


  • For alternative guardian pick-ups, please list each person on the Youth Registration Form. Alternative guardians will present a valid photo ID to the instructor and sign the child out of class.


  • Please arrive on time or early for pickup!! If you are late, there are late fees to compensate our instructors waiting after class. 5-14 minuets late = $5, 15-24 minutes late = $10, 25-30 minutes late = $20. This fee must be paid at the time of pickup. The student will not be allowed to return to class until the fee is paid.


  • Although classes are well stocked some youth classes might require additional inexpensive or recycled materials to bring to classes after the first day. If necessary, the instructor will provide an additional materials list.


  • All youth classes have the potential for students to get messy while having fun! Please dress your child appropriately. Recommended clothing items are sneakers or close toed shoes, an apron or old t shirt, hair tie for long hair, and no jewelry.


For additional information, questions, or concerns, please contact the Studios Team at

These forms are required to filled out for each child at the start of every class. If you would like to complete them online, they can be emailed to with the Name of the Child and Name of the Class. 


Youth Registration Form


Photography Consent Form


Youth Programming Independent Check-In and Out Authorization (Independent check out is only available to youth ages 13+)

All studio classrooms are located in the North and South Studios building that run along Center Street. Please use the following maps to find your classroom - listed on your receipt. There is temporary parking on Center Street as well as ample free parking on Main Street, 1st Avenue, Sirrine, and the parking lot on the northeast corner of 1st Avenue and Center Street. 


Additionally, there are maps and directional signage on campus. 


Art Studios Directional Map

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Thanks to generous funding from the Nancy Wolter Scholarship Fund, Mesa Arts Center is proud to offer year round scholarships to youth and teens who qualify! Scholarships are provided up to two times in a calendar year and cover the entire cost of the class. No materials are required to be purchased for youth classes. 


Families can apply online via the link below or visit our Box Office for a paper copy. Families must meet one of the following criteria to be awarded and must include documents demonstrating their eligibility with their application. We strive to provide as many scholarships as possible, so if you need help completing the application, please contact or (480) 644-6621 for assistance. 


Criteria for Scholarships:

  • Student receives free or reduced lunches
  • Student attends a Title I school
  • Family meets 200% or below the federal poverty line
  • Child is in the foster care system
  • Family is part of a HUD housing system 



  • Families must meet one of the criteria above to be approved.
  • Scholarships can only be used for students under 18.
  • Once approved, a child can use the scholarship up to two times in a calendar year. After which, the family will have to reapply to be considered again.
  • Families can apply for multiple children in their household with a single application. 



Apply Online Here

Apply Online - En Espanol

  • Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llama al 480-644-6621.


Download a Scholarship Application Here - English

Download a Scholarship Application Here - En Espanol


Or visit the Box Office during these hours to fill out a paper application. 

Wednesdays - Saturdays | 12-5pm | (480) 644-6500 

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Made possible by the City of Mesa, Fee Assistance allows up to 50% of a class fee to be reduced for Mesa residents who qualify. Unlike scholarships, Fee Assistance can be used more than once and for every individual in a single household up to one calendar year. Families will need to reapply each year to continue to be considered. 


To be considered, families must meet 200% or less of the federal poverty line and must submit both proof of residency and proof of total income with their application. 


Click the link below to submit an online application or visit our Box Office from Wednesday-Saturday between 12-5pm to complete a paper application. 


Apply Online Here

Download a Paper Copy


For questions, please contact or call (480) 644-6500. 

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