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. 

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 and graduate 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.

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.

Schedule and Tuition


$200 for non-members and $180 for members. 

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

Additional scholarships are available, with application information below.


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: TBD

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