Teen Education


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The health and wellness of our teen community are top priorities for Hyde Park Art Center. Due to COVID-19, all HPAC Teen Programs will be offered remotely while continuing to offer free art programs to high school teens. 

Our virtual after-school programs provide access to  free art materials, artistic and leadership skills, relationships with working artists, and tools for a foundation for their future.

We do not require students to purchase materials or equipment to join and all class projects are device friendly.  Registration for virtual classes is open and rolling throughout this Fall term.

Participants will connect to Fall programs using Google Meet, 4:30p – 6:30p (CST) beginning on Tuesday October 13th to Friday, December 18th 2020.

For questions, contact Teen Programs Manager Alex Herrera: aherrera@hydeparkart.org. 

Youth Board of Artists
Thursdays 4:30-6: 30 pm

Youth Board of Artists is a program in which teens are hired and paid to develop group projects, connect teens to the HPAC community, and represent the Art Center at public events throughout the span of 30 weeks (Fall, Winter and Spring quarters). This year, YBA participants will be challenged to connect young people to HPAC’s art exhibitions, programming, artist residencies by planning recruitment events. This group will meet online every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm. Accepted applicants are paid a stipend for their work and participation. This program is by application only.

Fridays, 4:30-6:30pm

Do you love making art on your own? Do you want to get out of the screen and work on a collective mural outdoors?  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. Are you working independently or with a group? 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 Artist Advanced Track
Tuesdays, 5:000-6:00pm

A new two-year intensive program to begin Fall 2020 for 4 NEW talented teen artists to develop artistically and tap their full potential. The Teen Artist Advanced Track will help develop art-making skills through studio coursework, one on one mentoring with HPAC resident artists and teaching artists, critique discussions, artist studio and gallery visits, field trips, public presentations, and exhibitions. Teen Advanced Track artists will receive a stipend to support their full participation.

*Participation includes occasional weekends and non-CPS attendance days throughout the academic year.

Applications to join the 2020-2021 cohort are open now until October 16th 2020.

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.

Advanced Teen Photo Portfolio
Fridays, 4:30-6:30pm

Offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters, these courses are for students with intermediate to advanced photography skills.

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. Hands on workshops with demonstrations will be the primary focus of the course to walk home with a personal portfolio of photographic prints.

Participants must have already taken Exploration in Digital Photography teen program at HPAC.

TEA: Teen Empowerment and Action
Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm

Teen Engagement and Action (TEA) is designed to explore the social aspects of being a teen, online together. Through meditation, creation, and hanging out that is designed and driven by teens for teens, TEA will work to center the modern teen experience, especially in this new online world. We will explore and create the modern experience of being a teen.

For Fall 2020, we are excited to offer the following programs for teens ONLINE through Google Meet and Zoom!  Each class requires an application to be registered located on each program page.

Fall 2020 season begins Tuesday, Oct 13th and ends Friday, Dec 18th, 2020 . Rolling admissions are accepted throughout the term. 

Tues  5:00-6:00pm: ADVANCED TEEN TRACK – Intensive 2 year advanced art program for emerging Juniors and Seniors.   Oct 20th – Dec 18th 2020.

Tues 4:30-6:30pm: Teen Photo + 2D Exploration – Digital Photography . Oct 13th- Dec 15th 2020. 

Wed 4:30-6:30pm: TEA: Teen Empowerment and Action  – Drop in-  Hangouts . Oct 14th- Dec 16th 2020.

Thurs 4:30-6:30pm: YOUTH ART BOARD 
– Community Projects.  Oct 15th- Dec 17th 2020. 

Fri 4:30-6:30pm: ADVANCED TEEN PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO – Must have prior experience using cameras. Oct 13th- Dec 15th 2020. 

Fri 4:30-6:30pm: ARTSHOP – Mural Projects and exhibitions. Oct 17 th- Dec 18th 2020. 


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


Teen Programs are generously supported by:


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for a class at Hyde Park Art Center?
Do you offer financial aid for classes?

Our Teen Programs are always free! Once you’re enrolled in Teen Programs, you’re eligible to take a an Adult Programs class in our Oakman Clinton School & Studio, also free of charge.

To apply for an Adult Programs Class,  contact Alex Herrera aherrera@hydeparkart.org.

What are Community-Supported Programs?

In addition to financial aid, we also offer Community-Supported 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.