Saturday Classes for High School Students

Saturday classes present a valuable opportunity for teens to develop and hone their studio art skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. Open to high school students currently enrolled in 9th - 12th grades. All levels welcome. Ten-week studio courses are available for 1.0 undergraduate credit (for a grade and appropriate credit that would appear on a PAFA transcript, if requested), or for non-credit.


Students ages 10 - 13 are encouraged to register for Saturday Classes for Middle School Students.  Call 215-972-2054 or email for more information. 

Spring 2018 Schedule   

All Spring 2018 courses have concluded.

  • High School Portfolio Preparation: Drawing - CLOSED
    Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios.
  • High School Portfolio Preparation: Painting - CLOSED
    Add color and variety to your portfolio by developing your painting skills in oil or acrylic.
  • Drawing for Comics: The Graphic Novel Strikes Back!- CLOSED
    Learn the art of visual storytelling by combining text and imagery to create your own graphic novel.
  • Art as Expression for Teens - CLOSED
    Release your frustrations and improve your communication skills through creative expression.  Led by Dona Duncan, Registered Art Therapist. 

Scholarship Opportunities


PAFA offers a limited number of full- and partial-scholarships for Saturday pre-college classes based on merit and need.  A completed scholarship application may be submitted in lieu of the completing the online registration.  SPRING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday, January 19.


*Note:  Scholarship applications for Art as Expression for Teens do not require a portfolio or recommendation letter.  Because these are required items in the online SlideRoom application, Art as Expression for Teens applicants must submit their application and personal statement as paper copies only.  See below.


  • Completed Mail-In Spring 2018 Pre-College Scholarship Application Form or Online Form Submission via SlideRoom

  • Teacher’s recommendation

  • Personal statement (1 – 2 paragraphs explaining why you would like to attend Saturday pre-college classes at PAFA and why you are requesting scholarship assistance)

  • Portfolio of 5 images (Portfolios may be submitted as digital images via SlideRoom or actual work with paper application/documents; see directions below).  Portfolios should consist of your strongest artwork and should include drawings or paintings from direct observation (as opposed to referencing photographs). Make sure the photos of your artwork are well-lit, not blurry, and show only the artwork (you may need to crop). A smartphone camera is typically sufficient.

For "Art as Expression for Teens" applicants OR drawing/painting applicants submitting paper forms and actual work:  Mail all required materials to the address listed below or drop off applications in-person in the Continuing Education Office on the third floor of the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building.  Artwork will be returned only if you provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope or other appropriate packaging, or if you make arrangements for prompt pick-up of work.  Include all required application materials, unless the teacher recommendation letter (if applicable) is to be emailed/mailed separately.

Mail application materials to:
Continuing Education Programs
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

For applicants submitting digital applications:  Digital application images and documents can be submitted online for free via SlideRoom.  Please follow step-by-step instructions:

  • Click HERE to go to SlideRoom.
  • "Login" to an already existing account, or “Sign Up” to make a SlideRoom account.  (SlideRoom is a free service.)
  • If creating a new account, open the email that was automatically sent to you and click on the activation link.  Log in to your new account.
  • Select "CE Pre-College Scholarships" from the Directory.
  • Complete the application form sections online and upload your personal statement and digital portfolio images.  The recommendation letter will be requested from your instructor via SlideRoom -- be prepared to submit you teacher's/counselor's email address.
  • Once all sections are completed, review and submit your application.  Once submitted, it cannot be altered.  Logout when finished.  Be sure to make note of your SlideRoom login information:  you can use this account for future SlideRoom applications at PAFA and other participating institutions.   

For questions, please contact PAFA’s Continuing Education Programs Office at 215-972-7632 or

Registration, Policy Information and Additional Resources

Saturday Classes for High School Students are administered by PAFA's Continuing Education (CE) Programs.  Click here for CE contact information, office hours, directions and other visitors' information.

Registration for Saturday Classes for High School Students is available online via links in each expanded course description or by calling the Continuing Education Office at 215-972-7632.  Upon registering, students will receive an Online Registration Confirmation or Email Confirmation, which will include links to required registration information:

Please take the time to review this information.  The parent/guardian consent form must be submitted to the Continuing Education office by the first class to permit class participation and attendance on field trips (if applicable).

Saturday High School Classes are subject to the policies and regulations of Continuing Education Programs at PAFA.  Click here for complete PAFA Continuing Education Policies, including the following information about PAFA accreditation and transcript requests, as well as withdrawal, refund, and course cancellation policies.

Additional helpful information can be found on Continuing Education's Frequently Asked Questions page.


  • A Blick Art Materials store is available on the ground floor of PAFA's Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building (next to the student entrance on Lenfest Plaza) -- it is an option for any or all supply purchases, and the recommended location for purchasing hard-to-carry items such as clay or large papers/boards. 
  • Tableau, PAFA's full-service cafe run by STARR Events, serves fresh baked goods, hot and cold beverages, soups, salads, sandwiches and snacks. 
  • Vending machines for cold drinks, coffee, and snacks are available on floors 3 and 11 (Student Lounge) of the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building.
  • Enrolled CE students may take advantage of PAFA's Arcadia Fine Arts Library (located on the 5th floor of the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building), which features a wide selection of books, periodicals, and online resources.
  • For the length of their course(s), CE students receive free admission to the PAFA museum, featuring a renowned permanent collection of American art and exhibitions.
  • PAFA's Office of Admissions is open to students seeking additional information about PAFA's BFA programs, including application requirements, individual portfolio reviews, school tours, or advice about applying for financial aid or scholarships.  Call 215-972-7625, email, or visit for more information or to set up an appointment.  

Additional Course Offerings

High school students ages 15-years and up may register in adult Continuing Education (CE) classes with parent/guardian permission.  CE weekend courses and workshops are recommended to high school students who seek instruction in other media or techniques.  Please note that figure-based courses may utilize the nude model. 

Call 215-972-7632 for more information.  Download a Parent-Guardian Consent Form to be completed and submitted upon registering.