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. 

After School Studio Arts Program is going virtual in Fall 2020! Check back for details in September.

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 and painting 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 2020


Spring 2021



PAFA's After School Arts curriculum is being reimagined to best serve students in the present moment. Check back in September 2020 for more details. 

Eligibility and Application


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.

How to Apply

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.

To recommend a student for the program, interested art teachers, parents, or students must contact one of the following:


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

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