After-School Studio Arts Program for High School Students

Since 1994, PAFA has provided free studio art training to students grades 9-12 from more than 50 public, charter, and parochial schools in Philadelphia. 

The program offers teens who have little or no access to an art program the opportunity to acquire a solid foundation in the fine arts. Students in this model program follow an honors-level curriculum through foundation drawing, painting, and life drawing in the great traditions of American art set by Thomas Eakins in PAFA’s historic studios. 

This non-credit program emphasizes building a portfolio, developing skills, and artistic growth, and is taught by PAFA faculty and graduate students. Courses are offered during fall and spring semesters and take place Monday through Thursday, 3:00 until 5:30 PM.

The After-School Studio Art Program is funded in part by grants from Mary Gregg and John Ryan, The Brook J. Lenfest Foundation, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and the W. Percy Simpson Trust.


Fall 2019 Schedule TBA

Program Eligibility & Tuition

Students from public, charter, and parochial schools within the city of Philadelphia are encouraged to apply. PAFA welcomes applicants from a range of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Pre-registration required: Students must be registered in advance by teacher recommendation to the Program Director. Applicants are selected based on artistic talent and potential for enrichment.


Tution to  PAFA's After-School Studio Arts Program is free.

How to Apply

To recommend a student for the program, interested art teachers, parents, or students should contact:

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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.