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!
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.
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
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
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
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.
Social Practice Collective
Social Practice Collective is a 30 week program centered on writing, open discussion, and producing art based on topics covered each week. Projects will ask to engage with your own community to develop an archive, drawing upon personal experience as context for subject matter and making connections between art, historical topics and social justice issues. This program integrates personal stories, objects and text in all its forms through studies of art history and social justice.
Music Motivation with "Spree"
For the 2019-20 year we are excited to offer the following programs for teens, each requires an application – located on each program page.
Fall 2019 season begins Tuesday, October 2nd and ends Friday, December 6th 2019 . Rolling admissions is accepted throughout the term.
MON 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.
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.
Fri 4:30-6:30pm: MUSIC MOTIVATION – Seasonal course. Music production and beat making. Seasonal, TBD.
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: