Saturday Studio Art Classes for High School Students

Saturday Art Classes are a valuable opportunity for teens to develop and hone their studio art skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. Open to high school students entering or currently enrolled in grades 9–12. All levels welcome!

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Oil Painting: Portfolio Preparation

Saturday, January 28-April 1, 2-5 PM

Come explore the vibrant possibilities of oil painting through PAFA’s time honored methods. In this course learn materials and techniques including painting supports, brushes, historical and contemporary oil mediums, and their preparations. Discussions and demonstrations will include topics such as paint chemistry, color mixing of prismatic hues and earth tone colors as well as the additive and subtractive color systems. Painting from a variety of subjects including the still life, the cityscape, and nude models will allow for a development and understanding of the two-dimensional visual language.

Fundamentals of Illustration

Saturday, February 11-March 18, 11 AM-1 PM

Learn how to successfully imagine, develop, and execute an illustration! This course will help students gain effective illustration drawing techniques while encouraging their unique artistic visions. Students will learn the fundamental elements of illustration and design, including different applications of composition, line, character design, color, and storytelling.


Earn college credit while having fun! Teens can choose to take 10-week course for 1.0 undergraduate credit at no additional cost. Grade and credit appear on a PAFA transcript if requested. 

Pre-College programs will be in-person to safely support young artists. All participants are required to be  vaccinated, and boosted (if eligible). We're excited to be a space of creative expression for teens! 

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