We are proud to offer youth photography classes that enrich and educate. Students can choose to enroll in 10-week Teen Academy classes or in the more intensive, year-long Imagemakers program.

Teen Academy Classes

Summer classes have all been filled. You can add your name to a waiting list for each class if any spots open up.

Through darkroom photography, high school students are prompted to use all five senses as inspiration for documenting the landscape of summer. Classes are designed to accommodate everyone from the beginner interested in learning the basics of black-and-white photography, the more advanced student ready to hone his/her skills, or someone excited to explore the world of color. The curriculum includes: darkroom time, visual presentations, photographic and writing assignments, discussions, critiques, a guest artist visit, and a field trip—all geared toward each student depicting his/her unique summer experience. Excursions include gallery visits, exploring various New York neighborhoods, and photographing alongside guest artists. By the end of the course, students will have developed a portfolio of prints and an artist’s statement. The course culminates in a final presentation for family and friends.
$700 + $55 fee

Photography I in Black-and-White
15MTAFB000A | July 13–August 5 | Monday & Wednesday | 10 am–1 pm | Brenna McLaughlin
15MTAFB000B | July 14–August 7 | Tuesday 2–5 pm | Friday 10 am–1 pm | Ifétayo Abdus-Salam
15MTAFB000C | July 14–August 6 | Tuesday & Thursday | 2–5 pm | Curtis Willocks

Photography II in Black-and-White*
15MTAFB100 | July 13–August 5 | Monday & Wednesday | 2–5 pm | Bradly Dever Treadaway

Photography I in Color*
15MTAFC100 | July 14–August 6 | Tuesday & Thursday | 2–5 pm | Sarah Warshaw

*Prerequisite: Photo I in Black-and-White as approved by Community Programs staff

Photography is everywhere, but how do you tell a story through your photographs? This two-week intensive digital photography class takes students on a whirlwind adventure around New York City while teaching them to capture their unique perspectives along the way. From the bright lights of Times Square to the nostalgia of Nathan’s Famous and the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island to the unique character of our diverse neighborhoods, students use photography to show the magic of the city through their eyes. Demonstrations and hands-on lessons introduce students to the craft and aesthetics of photography as well as enhance their digital skills using the camera, computer, and printer. Through writing exercises, different techniques are presented for using words with images. Critiques led by faculty and guest artists foster confidence, as students discuss their images and reflect upon their progress. By the end of the course, students will have developed a portfolio of prints with accompanying text—telling their summertime stories. The program culminates in a final presentation for family and friends.
$1,670 + $75 fee

15MTADP000A | July 6–17 | Monday–Friday | 10 am–4 pm | Blake Ogden
15MTADP000B | July 6–17 | Monday–Friday | 10 am–4 pm | Keisha Scarville
15MTADP000C | July 27–August 7 | Monday–Friday | 10 am–4 pm | Keisha Scarville
15MTADP000D | July 27–August 7 | Monday–Friday | 10 am–4 pm | Lesly Deschler-Canossi

There is no prerequisite for this course. DSLR cameras, courtesy of Canon USA, are provided to all who need them. Classes are held at one of ICP's partnership sites, the High School of Fashion Industries, located at 225 West 24th Street in Manhattan.


Teen Academy Imagemakers is a year-long, after-school program accommodating 36 motivated juniors and seniors in high school. Students advance photography skills while developing an understanding of the creative and professional possibilities in the field.

To apply, download the Imagemakers application and return it with the requested documentation to the ICP School admissions office via email, mail, or in-person drop off. Application requirements include a photography portfolio of 10–15 B&W prints, a completed Student Questionnaire, and one letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor (not a family member) who is familiar with your work.

— Deadline: September 5, 2015, by 5 pm EST


Top image: © Curtis Willocks

Alumni Work

Noah Zimny, Student
Nicole Zeigler, Student
Violet Willams, Student