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Teen Academy

  • © Jacqueline Paredes
    © Jacqueline Paredes
  • © Sarah Hull
    © Sarah Hull
  • © Blaine Davis
    © Blaine Davis
  • Steven Sachs
    © Steven Sachs
  • 2010 Teen Academy Imagemakers at the ICP Library
    © Deirdre Donohue
  • Mock job assignment with guest Andre Lambertson
    Mock job assignment with guest Andre Lambertson
    © Angelica Marshall
  • Teen Academy Internship Exhibition Opening © Lavonne Hall
    Teen Academy Internship Exhibition Opening
    © Lavonne Hall

ICP's Teen Academy program offers a range of opportunities for teenagers to develop their knowledge of photography. In-class sessions range from ten-week classes to a yearlong intensive program focusing on professional applications.

"What being a photographer means to me is being lucky enough to have the understanding of a medium which allows me to create. What I learned is within me, a little inner revolution. I learned things about myself, about the world, about the people I know, about people I don’t know, about the most familiar and unfamiliar places. I most importantly learned that with dedication and perseverance, I, and anyone, can do anything."

—Yasemin, Imagemakers

Fall 2014

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Photography I in Black-and-White: Camera and Darkroom

October 2–December 11 | Thursday + Fieldtrip TBA | 4–6:30 pm | $700 + $85 fee | Curtis Willocks
September 27–December 13 | Saturday | 11 am–2 pm | $700 + $85 fee | Brenna McLaughlin
September 27–December 13 | Saturday | 3–6 pm | $700 + $85 fee | Blake Ogden
Teenagers are invited to learn the basics of black-and-white photography. Students learn to make exposures with a 35mm camera, process film, and create prints in ICP's darkrooms. During field trips and shooting assignments, students expand their understanding of the technical and aesthetic possibilities of photography. Students also discuss the work of historical and contemporary photographers. The curriculum includes: darkroom time, visual presentations, photographic and writing assignments, discussions, critiques, a guest artist visit, and a fieldtrip. 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.

Photography I in Color: Color Film and Darkroom*

September 27–December 13 | Saturday | 2–5 pm | $700 + $55 fee | Lesly Deschler-Canossi
September 28–December 14 | Sunday | 2–5 pm | $700 + $55 fee | Sarah Warshaw
Teenagers are invited to explore color film and darkroom photography. Students learn to make exposures with a 35mm camera and create color prints in ICP's darkrooms. Using negatives, students refine their printing skills and are able to work with speed and consistency on ICP’s computerized Kreonite print processor. Students discuss the work of historical and contemporary photographers working in color and through assignments expand their understanding of the technical and aesthetic possibilities of color film photography. The curriculum includes: darkroom time, visual presentations, photographic and writing assignments, discussions, critiques, a guest artist visit, and a fieldtrip. 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. This introductory color printing course is designed for students who have previous experience with black-and-white darkroom techniques.

Photography II: Pinhole Cameras and Alternative Processes*

September 28–December 14 | Sunday | 11 am–2 pm | $700 + $55 fee | Liz Sales
Where did it all begin? Designed for the intermediate level student, students will learn to make and use their own pinhole camera as well as explore a variety of historical and also known as alternative printing processes in the darkroom including: Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, and Platinum/Palladium. They will use new negatives created in class and also have the opportunity to experiment with previously made negatives. The curriculum includes: darkroom time, visual presentations, photographic and writing assignments, discussions, critiques, a guest artist visit, and a fieldtrip. By the end of the course, students will have made a camera, developed a portfolio of prints, and written an accompanying artist's statement. The course culminates in a final presentation for family and friends.

Photography II in Black-and-White: Preparing Your Portfolio*

September 28–December 14 | Sunday | 3–6 pm | $700 + $55 fee | Jaime Schlesinger
Designed for the intermediate-level student, this class focuses on further developing a portfolio or body of work. Through individual assignments and critiques, students discuss editing and sequencing of their images in order to build a cohesive portfolio for submission to competitions, exhibitions, and colleges/universities. Students are encouraged to explore and expand upon ideas of theme, visual narrative, and image consistency and quality. Class critiques foster confidence in students as they discuss their work in front of their peers and reflect upon the progress of their portfolios. The curriculum includes: darkroom time, visual presentations, photographic and writing assignments, discussions, critiques, a guest artist visit, and a fieldtrip. By the end of the course, students will have developed an extensive portfolio of prints and an accompanying artist's statement. The course culminates in a final presentation for family and friends.

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

Teen Academy Scholarships are available for all courses. If you are in need of financial assistance, download a scholarship application.

Teen Academy Imagemakers

September 29, 2014–June 8, 2015 | Mondays | 4–6:30 pm | $2,100 + $165 fee | Tamara Porras
October 1, 2014–June 10, 2015 | Wednesdays | 4–6:30 pm | $2,100 + $155 fee | Lesly Deschler-Canossi
Prerequisite: Photo II in Black-and-White as approved by Community Programs staff.

Teen Academy Imagemakers enables motivated high school juniors and seniors to advance their photography skills and develop an awareness of the creative and professional possibilities in the field. This yearlong, weekly program provides students with guidance from some of New York's best teaching artists; field trips to museums, galleries, and studios; college-prep workshops; pre-professional assignments; mentorship opportunities in the field; and full access to ICP's facilities. The curriculum provides in-depth study of photography genres, including self-portraiture, documentary, photojournalism, personal vision, fashion, and studio work. All aspects of the curriculum are intended to encourage and inspire the students to further express and strengthen their artistic voices. At the completion of the program, students have created an extensive portfolio, including an artist's statement and resume, and are honored in a gallery exhibition. This program is best suited for students looking to pursue photography further in college or in their future. Applications for the 2014–2015 year are due Friday, September 5, 2014.

Teen Foto Fridays

Teen Foto Fridays invites high school students from across ICP Community Programs to participate in free open labs, technical workshops, and college portfolio preparation. The schedule for Teen Foto Fridays is available at the start of each Teen Academy semester.

These programs are made possible with generous support from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Altman Foundation, The Norman and Heewon Cerk Gift Fund, The Chervenak-Nunnalle Foundation, Susan and Thomas Dunn, Felicia Anastasia and Sy Jacobs Charitable Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Joy of Giving Something, Inc., and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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