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.

Girl sculpting

Saturday Studio Art Classes

Saturday classes in the fall and spring are an opportunity for high schools students to develop their studio art skills with the support of outstanding PAFA faculty while earning college credit. All levels welcome.

Drawing in cast hall

After-School Studio Arts Program

This free program gives students from diverse background the opportunity to develop foundational art skills. 

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. 

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.

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.


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