After-School Studio Arts Program for High School Students

This course provides students with the opportunity for enrichment, skills development, and portfolio building in a (mostly) asynchronous online drawing course. 

The schedule and structure of this program is still in progress for the 2021-2022 school year. Please check back in Fall 2021 for more information.

Students in this program follow an honors-level curriculum through foundation drawing in the great traditions of American art set by Thomas Eakins. This course consists of self-paced lessons on PAFA’s learning management system, Canvas, during which students will learn foundational drawing skills, self-portrait drawing, and how to use color in art.

Each lesson will include: 

  • Recorded demonstration(s)
  • Written resources and images
  • Discussion
  • An assignment that students can submit on Canvas

Students will receive regular written feedback on these assignments from PAFA faculty students so that they can grow as artists and produce a stellar portfolio. 

For interested students, there is an optional weekly drop-in session available on Zoom on Thursdays at 4pm to share discussion and create a supportive learning experience.

Register Online

More information on registration, scholarships, policies and procedures can be found here.

If you have questions, please reach out to or 215-972-7630

The After-School Studio Art Program is funded in part by grants from the FJN Foundation and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation. 

Schedule and Tuition


$100 for non-members and $90 for members. 

Select students from the Philadelphia School District will recieve a full scholarship for this course and a stipend for art supplies. Students will be contacted if they are awarded this scholarship. 


Fall 2020: October 5 - December 4

Asynchronous, self-paced. Designed to be completed over 9 weeks. Optional drop-in Zoom session on Thursdays at 4pm.

Spring 2021: March 1- May 6

Asynchronous, self-paced. Designed to be completed over 10 weeks. Optional drop-in Zoom session on Thursdays at 4pm.

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