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

WINTER REGISTRATION BEGINS DECEMBER 1, 2015.

Photography I in Black-and-White

16WTAFB000A | January 23–April 2 | Saturday | 11 am–2 pm | Chantal Heijnen
16WTAFB000B | January 23–April 2 | Saturday | 3–6 pm | Ifétayo Abdus-Salam
16WTAFB000C | January 28–March 31 | Thursday + Field Trip TBA | 4–6:30 pm | G. Giraldo

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 field trip. 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 II in Black-and-White: The Self-Published Artist*

16WTAFB100A | January 24–April 3 | Sunday | 11 am–2 pm | Lesly Deschler-Canossi

The invention of the printing press forever changed how information is spread, enabling artists to find new audiences beyond their immediate spheres of influence. Even today, young photographers use homemade books and zines to extend the reach of their work to bookstores, collections, art fairs, and library shelves across the globe. In this class, students will produce silver gelatin prints, using them as source material for self-publishing. Through alternative methods such as photo collage, sandwiched and scratched negatives, zine and poster production, teens will expand their understanding of the possibilities of image-making, learning how to use independent channels of distribution as a way to reach larger and more diverse audiences. By the end of the course, students will have developed a portfolio of prints, an artist's statement and a handmade book or zine. The course will culminate in a final presentation for family and friends.
$700 + $55 fee

Photography II in Black-and-White: Lighting for Portraiture*

16WTAFB100B | January 24–April 3 | Sunday | 3–6 pm | Jaime Schlesinger

In this course designed for more advanced teen photographers, students use portraiture as an entry point for understanding the technical and aesthetic components of lighting. This course provides an in-depth exploration of metering and exposure while students study natural and artificial lighting techniques for the black-and-white portrait. Through technical exercises, students learn the tools needed to control and manipulate light in order to achieve both practical and artistic effects. Students photograph themselves, each other, family members, and strangers—spontaneously in the neighborhood, staged at home, and more formally in the studio. The curriculum includes: darkroom time, visual presentations, photographic and writing assignments, discussions, critiques, a guest artist visit, and a field trip. By the end of the course, students will have developed a portfolio of prints and an artist's statement. The course will culminate in a final presentation for family and friends.
$700 + $55 fee

Photography I in Color: Color Film and Darkroom*

16WTAFC100A | January 23–April 2 | Saturday | 2–5 pm | Doran Walot
16WTAFC100B | January 24–April 3 | Sunday | 2–5 pm | 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 field trip. 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.
$700 + $55 fee

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

Imagemakers

Teen Academy Imagemakers enables motivated high school juniors and seniors to advance their photography, writing, and public speaking skills while developing an awareness of the creative and professional possibilities in the field. This yearlong, weekly afterschool program provides teen photographers 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. At the end of the year, students have created an extensive portfolio, including an artist’s statement and résumé, and are honored in a gallery exhibition. This program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing photography in college or in the future. Interested students are required to submit a portfolio and written application.
$2,100 + $165 fee

16WTAFB200A | September 28, 2015–June 13, 2016 | Monday | 4–6:30 pm | Bami Adedoyin
16WTAFB200B | September 30, 2015–June 15, 2016 | Wednesday | 4–6:30 pm | Lesly Deschler-Canossi

Applications for the 2016–2017 year will be available April 2016.

 

Top image: © Curtis Willocks

Alumni Work

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