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  • © 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

Summer 2014

REGISTER FOR SUMMER CLASSES NOW.

NYC in Focus: Summertime Stories
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.

July 7–18 | Monday–Friday | 10 am–4 pm | $1,670+$75 fee | Lesly Deschler-Canossi
July 7–18 | Monday–Friday | 10 am–4 pm | $1,670+$75 fee | Keisha Scarville

August 11–22 | Monday–Friday | 10 am–4 pm | $1,670+$75 fee | Lesly Deschler-Canossi
August 11–22 | Monday–Friday | 10 am–4 pm | $1,670+$75 fee | M. Wesley Ham

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

Exploring the Summer Landscape
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 fieldtrip—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. The course culminates in a final presentation for family and friends. By the end of the course, students will have developed a portfolio of prints and an artist's statement.
Note: For all darkroom classes, additional field trip days will be announced.

Photography I in Black-and-White

July 15–August 7 | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 10 am–1 pm | $700+$55 fee | G. Giraldo
July 15–August 7 | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 2–5 pm | $700+$55 fee | Curtis Willocks
July 15–August 8 | Tuesdays 2–5 pm | Fridays 10 am–1 pm | $700+$55 fee | Ifé Abdus-Salam

Photography II in Black-and-White*

July 14–August 6 | Mondays & Wednesday | 2–5 pm | $700 + $55 fee | Bradly Dever Treadaway

Photography I in Color*

July 15–August 7 | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 2–5 pm | $700 + $55 fee | Sarah Warshaw

*Prerequisite Photo I in Black-and-White or Photo I in Color 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 30, 2013–June 9, 2014 | Mondays | 4–6:30 pm | $2,100 + $165 fee | Tamara Porras
October 3, 2013–June 12, 2014 | Wednesdays | 4–6:30 pm | $2,100 + $165 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. This program is closed for the 2013–2014 year. Applications for the 2014–2015 year will be available in April.

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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