Teen Education


Participate throughout the school year in our after-school programs where you’ll 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!

Teen programs take place throughout the Art Center, including the Guida Family Creative Wing, the Perlow Multi-Media Studios, the Thurow Digital Lab, and the Teen Learning Center.

Youth Art Board
Thursdays 4:30-6: 30 pm

Youth Art Board 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, YAB participants will be challenged to connect young people to HPAC’s art exhibitions, programming, artist residencies by planning recruitment events. This group will meet 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 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!

Teen Artist Advanced Track
Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30pm

A new two-year intensive program to begin Fall 2019 for 5 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 2019-2020 cohort will open in July 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 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

TEA is a drop in program designed to bring the social aspects of being a teen together. Merging the power of hanging out and activism,  this  space for teens will enact the change they want to see in their lives. Through creation, conversation, and community that is designed and driven by teens for teens, TEA will work to center the evolving teen experience through hanging out and making art. Join this program if you want to have a space to socialize and meet new friends while making art!

For the 2019-20 year we are excited to offer the following programs for teens, each requires an application – located on each program page.

Winter 2020 season begins Tuesday, January  14th and ends Friday, March 20th 2020 . Rolling admissions is accepted throughout the term. 

Tues  4:30-6:30pm: ADVANCED TEEN TRACK – Intensive 2 year advanced art program for emerging Juniors.   Oct 7th 2019 – June 12th 2020.

Tues 4:30-6:30pm: Teen Photo + 2D Exploration – Photography with Columbia College. Oct 7th 2019 – June 12th 2020.

Wed 4:30-6:30pm: TEA: Teen Empowerment and Action  – Drop in-  Hangouts . Oct 7th 2019 – June 12th 2020.

Thurs 4:30-6:30pm: YOUTH ART BOARD 
– Community Projects.  Oct 7th 2019 – June 12th 2020.

Fri 4:30-6:30pm: ADVANCED TEEN PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO – Photography with Columbia College. Oct 7th 2019 – June 12th 2020.

Fri 4:30-6:30pm: ARTSHOP – Independent Projects and exhibition.  Oct 7th 2019 – June 12th 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.

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 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.