Teen Education


Throughout the school year come participate in our after school programs where you’ll get to create your own curriculum, produce new work, and make the Art Center your own. Grow your artistic and leadership skills, meet and develop relationships with working artists, and build a foundation for your future.

We want you!

Youth Art Board
Thursdays, 4:30-6:30pm

Youth Art Board is Hyde Park Art Center’s program for south side high school students. Meet over 30 weeks throughout the academic year to develop group projects, curate exhibitions, and represent the Art Center at public events. Build those skills. Accepted applicants are paid a quarterly stipend for your work and participation. To apply you need to be currently enrolled in a south side high school, in good standing with the school, and be able to have consistent attendance in the program.

Fridays, 4:30-6:30pm

Do you love making art? Then this program is for you. ArtShop is a tuition-free, independent projects program designed for South Side high school artists (grades 9-12). Check out images from The Whole Yadig?! exhibition to see work done in the past through ArtShop.

This program requires you to complete an application form and present a vision for what you will work on. How many pieces will you be aiming to complete? How long will your video be? What supplies will you require? How would you like the final project to look? Think deeply about your project and be accepted into one of Chicago’s most exciting early artist programs!

Teen Photo: Exploration in Digital Photography
Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30pm

Offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters, these courses are a great opportunity for you to explore and build photography skills. Sponsored by Columbia College Chicago’s Photography Department, these courses are tuition-free, with cameras provided, and field trips that explore digital and darkroom photography techniques throughout the course.

Art + Restorative Justice
Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm

Art + Restorative Justice is a 30 week program centered on writing, open discussion, and producing art based on topics covered each week.  Engage in writing prompts, guided meditation, artistic development, career training and healing by way of the arts. This program integrates text in all its forms through studies of art history and social justice.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for a class at Hyde Park Art Center?

For the 2018-19 year we are excited to offer the following programs for teens, each require an application – located on each program page.

Fall 2018 – 19 season begins week of October 9th, 2018!

Tues 4:30-6:30pm: Teen Photo + 2D Exploration – Photography with Columbia College. Oct. 9th 2018 – June 11th 2018

Wed 5:30-7:30pm: Art + REST-orative Justice– Writing, Healing, Safety. Oct. 10th 2018 – June 12th 2018

Thurs 4:30-6:30pm: YOUTH ART BOARD 
– Community Projects.  Oct. 11th 2018 – June 13th 2018

Fri 4:30-6:30pm: ARTSHOP – Independent Projects and exhibition.  Oct 12th 2018 – June 14th 2018

Fri 4:30-6:30pm: STREETART100 – Graffiti and large mural making.  Oct 12th 2018 – June 14th 2018

For our Oakman Clinton School & Studio Courses, we accept registrations online, in person and over the phone.

Click here to register online.

You can also visit us at the front desk during our business hours or give us a call at 773.324.5520 to register for a class.

Do you offer financial aid for classes?

Our Teen Programs are always free! However, if you’d like to take a class in our Oakman Clinton School & Studio, Hyde Park Art Center offers a limited amount of financial aid for Youth and Adult Programs and Classes.

Hyde Park Art Center offers need-based financial aid to qualified students and families. Financial aid is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Early submission is highly encouraged.

Full Tuition Awards: HPAC offers 3 full tuition awards each term (does not apply to Creativity Camps).

  • To be considered for a full tuition award, applications must be submitted by the early registration deadline (see Course catalog for date).
  • Award decisions will be based on 1) financial need and 2) thoughtfulness of responses.
  • Recipients have 1 week from the award date to register; otherwise, the award is forfeited. Applicants who have forfeited their award are not eligible for aid until the following term.
  • Recipients must not miss more than 2 classes for a 10 week course or 1 class for a 5 week course. Failure to attend will result in ineligibility for financial aid for 4 terms.
  • Applicants may receive only 1 full tuition award per year.
  • Applicants not chosen for a full tuition award may be eligible for a half tuition award.

Half-tuition awards: A limited number of half-tuition awards will be available each term, including Creativity Camps.

  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, as funds allow.
  • Award is applicable only to the courses/programs listed on the application for that quarter. A new application must be submitted for additional courses.
  • Award decisions will be based on financial need.
  • Recipients have 1 week from the award date to register; otherwise, the award is forfeited. Applicants who have forfeited their award may not apply again until the following term.
  • Students who wish to renew aid must reapply each term.

To apply, complete the form below in full. Alternatively, forms can be returned to Eileen Truong, Finance & Operations Manager, at the front desk or by e-mail at etruong@hydeparkart.org. Applications must be received by the early registration deadline to be considered for a full-tuition award. Each student requesting aid must submit a separate form. Financial aid recipients must reapply each session for continued assistance and must complete the entire 10-week session to be eligible for future awards.

For more information about art courses, financial aid, and registration discounts please contact our Finance & Operations Manager, Eileen Truong at etruong@hydeparkart.org or 773-324-5520 x1016.

Do I need to bring my own art supplies, or are they included in the cost?

All supplies are included for our Teen Programs!