Pre-College Programs

High school students can develop their artistic and critical thinking skills in a wide range of programs. Make great art, tackle big questions and earn college credit—all while learning with other creative students and our acclaimed faculty.

Drawing in cast hall

After-School Studio Arts Program

This reimagined program is an online, self-paced course focused on drawing with weekly lessons and regular feedback. Students can develop their artistic skills and build a stellar portfolio regardless of their technology or scheduling needs. 

Girl sculpting

Saturday Studio Art Classes

Saturday classes in the fall and spring are an opportunity for teens in grades 9-12 to develop their studio art skills with the support of outstanding PAFA faculty.  All levels welcome.

Youth Council reception

Youth Council

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

Teen paints in cast hall

Summer Academy

Summer Academy is a rigorous, four-week, college-level art-making experience for talented and motivated high school students at the nation's first and premier school of fine art. 

Teen sculpts portrait

One-Week Summer Intensives

Summer intensive courses are open to teens of all skill levels who have completed grades 8-12 and provide a valuable opportunity to develop their skills under the guidance of stellar PAFA faculty.

Student docents

Student Docent Program

PAFA partners with local schools to allow students grades 7–12 to train with professionals to become museum guides. Students earn a PAFA membership and develop critical leadership skills. This program is now virtual- enabling students to safely keep learning about the arts and leardership.


Liberal Arts Courses

Learn to explore, analyze and interpret the world through liberal arts classes. Students tackle big questions and gain essential skills to prepare them for their next steps. Pick the class that works for you—including weekend workshops and 5-week mini-courses.

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