Teen Education

Copy of Spring IG Post_Teen Flyer 2021

We're Back this Fall 2021!

Our Fall after school teen programs welcome young people back to in-person work.  Fall Programs will begin the week of October 25th, 2021. *Vaccinations will be required for all teens, Teaching Artists, assistants, and Art Center staff.

Our 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.

FALL 2021 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 5:30-6:30pm. Accepted applicants are paid a stipend for their work and participation. This program is by application only.

FALL 2021 Artshop (Next Sun Rising)
Fridays, 4:30-6:00pm

Do you love making art on your own? Do you want to enhance your drawing skills and learn about street art styles?  Then this program is for you. A subset of Artshop- The Next Sun Rising will look deeper into the prominent issues of our times, and how artists have used art in protest and social justice movements. Projects will explore working together to not only create awareness but to transform communal practices from a virtual standpoint. What role does or can art have in these urgent and dynamic changes?  Independent projects will be supported by providing free materials to all students enrolled.  Check out images from The Whole Yadig?! exhibition to see work done in the past through ArtShop.

2021-2022 Teen Advanced Track
Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00pm

Led by Teaching Artist Rhonda Wheatley, this two-year intensive program is for dedicated teen artists, in Fall 2021. Advanced Teen Track is specifically for teens driven to art in college. The Teen Artist Advanced Track pushes artists to develop skills through studio programs, one on one mentoring with Teaching Artists, Art Center staff, HPAC resident artists, discussions, artist studio and gallery visits, field trips, public presentations, and exhibitions. Teens also meet with professionals to support college planning. Teen Advanced Track artists 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 2021-2022 cohort are open now until October 26th, 2021.

This program is supported by the Epstein Family Foundation.

Fall 2021 Teen Photo
Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm

Offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters, our photo programs are a great opportunity for you to explore and build photography skills on the field. Teen Photo will focus on street photography where you will be invited to shoot outdoors. 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.

Intro to Photo Wednesdays starting October 27th, 2021 for 10 weeks
Taught by Tony Smith
430-630pm, in-person, at the Art Center.
Vaccinations will be required to finalize registration.

Fall 2021 Advanced Teen Photo Portfolio
Fridays, 5:30-7:30pm

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 Teen Photography at HPAC (listed above).

Advanced Photo Portfolio
Fridays starting October 29th, 2021 5:30- 7:30p for 10 weeks
Taught by Jonathan Castillo
430-630pm, in-person, at the Art Center.
Vaccinations will be required to finalize registration.

MONTHLY on Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm

Teen EQUITY and Action (TEA) is a new program that focuses on supporting a small, dedicated team in fostering critical community conversations. This group of teens will engage with other teens, Teen Captains, collaborate with equity team staff, and HPAC board members in leading the work of structural change and transparency.

Fall 2021 begins Tuesday, October 26th and ends Friday, December 17th 2021 . Rolling admissions are accepted throughout the term. 

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 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.