Teen Programs

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Register for FREE Teen Programs at Hyde Park Art Center!

SUMMER Teen Program: Summer YBA (Youth Board of Artists) July 2nd – Aug 3rd  2024. Admission by application only. 

Summer term is currently underway! Sign up now for our Summer YBA program! Learn more below under the YBA section:

Summer YBA is a program for dedicated HPAC Teens interested in organizing community projects. This year, a select group of teens will meet for 15 total sessions to paint a large scale mural and participate in Teen Exhibition Tour on Thursday, July 18th. Selected teens based on application review. 

Teens accepted into this program earn a stipend for their work and participation of $500.  Attendance and active participation is critical,  so if accepted, YBA members must work with parents and other schedules to plan ahead and participate responsibly. 

Epstein Advanced Teen Track 2023-2024

Meets biweekly on Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30pm (April 2nd – June 11th)

Instructor: Rhonda Wheatley; Muller Meeting Room

Led by Artist Rhonda Wheatley, this two-year intensive program is for dedicated teen artists in 2023-24. Epstein Advanced Teen Track is specifically for teens seeking to pursue art in college or as a career. The program pushes artists to develop skills through discussions and one-on-one mentoring with teaching artists, HPAC resident artists and staff. Teens will engage in studio and gallery visits, field trips, public presentations, and exhibitions. Epstein Advanced Teen Track artists receive a stipend to support their full participation.

*Participation includes occasional weekends and non-CPS attendance days throughout the academic year. This course does offer rolling admission.

This program is supported by the Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation.

Tuesdays starting Sept 26 – June 11th, biweekly 2023-24 from 4:30- 6:30p.

Youth Board of Artists


Meets weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 3:00-6:00pm.
$500 stipend included with participation. Limited to 10 spots.

Youth Board of Artists (YBA) is a program where teens are selected and paid to develop group projects, connect teens to the HPAC community, and represent the Art Center at public events.

This year, Summer YBA participants will work on a collaborative mural with local Chicago artists and community! Learn how to grow as an artist and as a community member. The program will run from July 2nd – August 5th.  Accepted applicants are paid a $500 stipend for their work and participation. This program is by application only.

SPRING 2024 Teen Ceramics

Meets every Friday 4:30 – 6:30 (April 5th – June 7th)

Learn how to throw, hand build, glaze and SELL your ceramics artwork at Hyde Park Art Center art sales! This course is open to ceramicists of all levels, and provides up to 2 bags of clay for in-class use. Masks are recommended when in the ceramics studio. Join the crew today! Rolling admission, first 15 applicants are accepted.

Fridays starting April 5th – June 7th 2024. 

4:30- 6:30p.

SPRING 2024 Music PROduction with ISPro Academy

Meets every Friday, 4:30- 6:30pm. (April 5th  – June 7th 2024)

Thurow Digital Lab.

This program will educate students in music production, recording, and music business. Hosted by ISOPRO media, You’ll learn skills to make, produce, and promote your own music! Midi controllers are provided, along with training on the free web-based DAW BeatLabs, and Ableton. An application review is required to join. First 8 applicants accepted will be enrolled.

Fridays starting April 5th – June 7th 2024 4:30- 6:30p.

ARTSHOP - Visiting Artist Series

Meets on scheduled Fridays, 4:30-6:30pm (April 5th  – June 7th 2024)

Want to see ALL of what Hyde park Art Center has to offer?  Do you want to enhance your art making skills and learn from real art professionals in the field?  Then this series is for you! This edition of Artshop – Visiting Artist Series will allow for you to meet artists and professionals for workshops and one-day hands on activities.  There is no need to enroll all you have to do is sign up for days you want to visit! Sign up for visiting artists series here! 

Fridays starting January 12th  – March 15th  4:30- 6:30p. Bring your friends!

SPRING 2024 Digital Illustration and Animation

Weekly on Mondays 4:30 – 6:30 (April 1st – June  3rd 2024)

Work independently to create original, 2D animated content. Learn key foundational skills in digital illustration, animation, and film making. Learn how to use software such as: Toon Boom Harmony Advanced, Adobe: After Effects, Audition, Premiere Pro. No prior animation experience is necessary. Rolling admission, first 10 applicants are enrolled.

Mondays starting April 1st   – June 3rd 2024.

4:30- 6:30p.

SPRING 2024 Teen Photo

Meets every Wednesday, 4:30-6:30pm (April 3rd  – June 5th 2024)

Teen Photo is a great opportunity for you to explore and build photography skills in the field! Teen Photo will focus on street/outdoor photography, basic photography principles, and studio based shooting. 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. Rolling admission, first 10 applicants are enrolled.

The Guida Family Fund for Creativity made possible an upgrade to the digital equipment essential for Teen Photo and Advanced Photo Portfolio.  

Wednesdays starting April 3rd – June 5th  2024.

4:30- 6:30p.

SPRING 2024 Advanced Teen Photo Portfolio

Meets every Tuesday 5:30-7:00pm (April 2nd  – June 4th 2024)

Thurow Digital Lab

Offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters, this course is for students with intermediate to advanced photography skills, seeking to develop their work.

You’ll be exposed to a variety of photographic genres, styles and techniques throughout the course to help you broaden ideas of what a photographic portfolio can be. With advanced editing techniques, a focus on portfolio building, and consistent critique, this course seeks to propel participants into professional or collegiate photography.

PREREQUISITE: Participants must have already taken Teen Photography at Hyde Park Art Center (listed above). First 15 applicants are enrolled.

The Guida Family Fund for Creativity made possible an upgrade to the digital equipment essential for Teen Photo and Advanced Photo Portfolio.

Tuesdays starting April 2nd – June 4th 2024. 5:30- 7:00p.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer financial aid for classes?

Our Teen Programs are always free! Teens over the age of 16 years old can take an adult level class in the Open Arts Program where teen students can choose to pay what they can to take the class.

For questions about taking an Open Arts class  contact Harley Reid: hreid@hydeparkart.org

What are Community-Supported Programs?

In addition to financial aid, we also offer Open Arts Programs.

ART FOR EVERYONE! In community-supported programs, there’s no minimum required tuition to participate. We ask that students and families contribute what you can. Your contributions help support program costs such as teaching artists, supplies, and space. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can to this creative community!

Find our current community-supported program offerings here

Interested in volunteering or contributing in other ways? Let us know!

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

All supplies are included for our Teen Programs!

I want to stay in contact

Fill out our interest form here

We will send you information regarding the upcoming Fall term with information from our course brochure, new student orientations, special teen events and reminders.

SPRING Teen Programs begin Monday, APRIL 1st and end Friday, JUNE 7th 2024.

For our Oakman Clinton School & Studio Courses, we accept registrations online only. Participants enrolled in Teen Programs are eligible to take adult courses- Free of charge! Click here to register online.

Please contact Alex Herrera for questions about registration at aherrera@hydeparkart.org.

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