Teen and Pre-College

Studio art classes and museum education for high school students to develop their artistic passions and prepare for college.

Students work on paintings in the afterschool HS program

After-School Studio Arts Program for High School Students

Since 1994, PAFA has provided studio art training taught by PAFA faculty and graduate stuents to high school students grade 9-12 at over 50 Philadelphia schools.  Our program offers teens who have little or no access to an art program an opportunity to acquire a solid foundation in the fine arts.  This non-credit program emphasizes building a portfolio, developing skills, and artistic growth.

Opening reception for a Youth Council event.

Youth Council

PAFA's Youth Council is a free after-school program offering interested teens a chance to create a prominent place for young audiences in the daily life of the museum.

Student Docents give a tour to classmates.

Student Docent Program

This partnership between PAFA and select local schools allows students grades 7—12 are trained to become museum tour guides for their classmates during a visit.

MariJo Miranda (BFA '21)

Pre-College and Intensive Programs

PAFA's School of Fine Arts offers year-round and summer programming for high school students. In these courses, students can gain a head start on developing portfolios for college applications, earn college-level credits, and work alongside other creative, motivated students, as well as learn from our academic faculty.

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PAFA offers programs for artists and art lovers of all ages and skill levels who want to learn about and make art.