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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!

LevelUP- Art & Tech Popup
Fridays, 4:30-6:30pm

This pop-up is for all teen artists, scientists, engineers, thinkers, and creators, whether you have discovered your creative tech dream or not! No experience required. Learn to solder, use electronics and tech in your art and build your own robotic creations. 

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 on your own? Do you have an art project but don’t even know where to begin? 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!

Advanced Teen Track
Mondays, 4:30-6:30pm

A new two-year intensive program to begin Fall 2018 for 5 talented teen artists to develop artistically and tap their full potential. The Teen 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 2019-2020 cohort will open in June 2019.

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 Photography Studio
Fridays, 4:30-6:30pm

Offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters, these courses are for students with intermediate to advanced photography skills. Teens move beyond the exploration of photo techniques and onto independent photo projects using digital, analog and film cameras. Participants must have already taken Exploration in Digital Photography teen program at HPAC.

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.

Music Motivation with Spree
Fridays, 4:30-6:30pm

Music Motivation with Spree provides a music production space where teens learn digital mixing and producing techniques to record and compose their own tracks.

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

Spring 2019 season begins Monday, April 1st and ends Friday, June 7th 2019 . Rolling admissions is accepted. 

MON 4:30-6:30pm: ADVANCED TEEN TRACK – Intensive 2 year advanced art program for emerging Juniors.   Oct 8th 2018 – June 10th 2019.

Tues 4:30-6:30pm: Teen Photo + 2D Exploration – Photography with Columbia College. Oct. 2nd 2018 – June 11th 2019

Wed 4:30-6:30pm: Art + REST-orative Justice– Writing, Healing, Safety. Oct. 3rd 2018 – June 12th 2019

Thurs 4:30-6:30pm: YOUTH ART BOARD 
– Community Projects.  Oct. 4th, 2018 – June 13th, 2019

Fri 5:00-8pm: ART & TECH POP UP – Drop-in program. Tinker with electronics to enhance your art-making skills. Oct. 5th, 2018 – June 14th, 2019

Fri 4:30-6:30pm: ADVANCED TEEN PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO – Photography with Columbia College. Oct. 2nd 2018 – June 11th 2019

Fri 4:30-6:30pm: ARTSHOP – Independent Projects and exhibition.  Oct 5th, 2018 – June 14th, 2019

Fri 4:30-6:30pm: MUSIC MOTIVATION – Seasonal course. Music production and beat making.  April 5th – June 7th, 2019

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.

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.


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

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.