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 the year.

Participants will connect to Spring 2021 programs using Zoom at afterschool hours beginning on Tuesday, April 13th to Friday, June 18th, 2021. 

Youth Board of Artists
Thursdays 5:30-6:30 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.

Artshop: The 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.

Epstein Teen Advanced Track
Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00pm

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.

This program is supported by the Epstein Family Foundation.

Teen Photo: Street 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 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.

Advanced Teen Photo Portfolio
Fridays, 4:30-5:30pm

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 Street Photography teen program at HPAC (listed above).

Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm

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.

For Spring 2021 we are excited to offer the following programs for teens ONLINE through Zoom!  Each class requires an application to be registered located on each program page.

Spring 2021 season begins Tuesday, April 13th and ends Friday, June 18th 2021 . Rolling admissions are accepted throughout the term. 

Tues  5:00-6:00pm: EPSTEIN ADVANCED TEEN TRACK – Intensive 2 year advanced art program for emerging Juniors and Seniors.  April 13th- June 15th 2021.

Wed 4:30-5:30pm: Street Photography 101 – Digital Photography . April 14th – June 16th 2021.

Wed 5:30-6:30pm: TEA: Teen Equity and Action  – Asynchronous programming. TBD as promoted 

Thurs 5:30-6:30pm: YOUTH BOARD OF ARTISTS 
– Community Projects.  April 15th – June 16th 2021.  

Fri 4:30-6:30pm: ADVANCED TEEN PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO – Must have prior experience using cameras. April 16th – June 18th 2021.  

Fri 4:30-6:30pm: Artshop: The Next Sun Rising – Street art, drawing, and showcase at exhibitions. April 16th – June 18th 2021. 


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.