Youth Education

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No matter your preferred medium or experience level, we have something for you to explore & create.

Offering after school and weekend classes and workshops all year round, plus our expansive summer Creativity Camp experience, our Youth classes offer endless ways for young artists to get started and develop their artistic journey.

Are you in high school? Check out our teen programs designed just for you!

Classes & Workshops

For kids of all ages! Learn something new or develop your skills in one of our media-based classes or workshops. We offer ceramics, painting and drawing, darkroom photography, and more! Hyde Park Art Center’s youth programs grow artists, nurture positive identity, and cultivate the next generation of Chicago artists and art supporters.

Creativity Camp

“My kids developed an amazingly critical language around art-making, interacting with and sharing art.” – Lisa Samra (Camp parent)

Creativity Camp offers countless ways to awaken the imagination all summer long with programs in visual and performance art taught by professional artists.

Learn about our Outreach Programs!

Our Studios

The Oakman Clinton School and Studios at Hyde Park Art Center are comprised of a ceramics studio, printmaking studio, digital media lab, darkroom, and several mixed media studios. With more than 200 courses across the visual arts, our seven studios serve nearly 2,000 students annually.

Teaching Artists

The Art Center’s classes are taught by professional artists, providing a contemporary learning environment that encourages individual and creative growth. Our Teaching Artists love sharing the practices and methods used in their professional work, guiding students through the process of discovery, and amplifying their skills along the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for a class?

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?

With the goal of making our programs accessible, 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?

For kids classes, all supplies are included!

Can I use the studios if I'm not in a class?

Unfortunately not. Studio and equipment usage is reserved for class-takers only.

Can I donate my old art supplies and equipment?

Thank you for thinking of us! While we appreciate your generosity, we have very limited space for donations. Please contact Allison Cochrane, our Studio Programs Coordinator, at acochrane@hydeparkart.org to find out whether we are able to accept what you’ve got.