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

ICP’s Teen Academy program serves over 600 high school students a year, with the goal of fostering self-expression and community development among a diverse group of teens. Teen Academy offers a range of opportunities for students to develop their knowledge of photography, critical thinking, writing, and public speaking. Courses include seasonal 10-week classes in black-and-white and color darkroom instruction, digital intensives, and a yearlong advanced program called Imagemakers. All curricula include: photographic and writing assignments, darkroom time, visual presentations, discussions, critiques, a field trip, a guest artist visit, and a culminating presentation for family and friends, celebrating the students’ achievements.

Scholarships are available for all Teen Academy classes. For more information, please contact Teen Academy staff at 212.857.0058 or email [email protected] To register for classes, visit us online at icp.org/school/teen-academy or call 212.857.0001.

SUMMER REGISTRATION

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, to the more advanced student ready to hone his or her skills, to someone excited to explore the world of color. During shooting assignments and field trips, students will expand their understanding of the technical and aesthetic possibilities of analog image-making while depicting their unique summer experiences. Excursions include: exploring various New York neighborhoods, visiting galleries, and photographing alongside guest artists. By the end of the course, students will have developed a portfolio of prints and an artist statement. The course will culminate in a final presentation for family and friends.

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

16MTAFB000A| Jul 19 – Aug 11 | Tues & Thurs | 2 – 5 PM  | $700 + $60 fee | Curtis Willocks
16MTAFB000B | Jul 18 – Aug 10 | Mon & Wed | 10 AM – 1 PM | $700 + $60 fee | | Brenna McLaughlin
16MTAFB000C | Jul 19 – Aug 12 | Tues, 2 – 5 PM & Fri | 10 AM – 1PM | $700 + $60 fee | Ifétayo Abdus-Salam

In this course, 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 shooting assignments and field trips, students expand their understanding of the technical and aesthetic possibilities of analog image making. 

Photography II in Black-and-White

16MTAFB100 | Jul 18 – Aug 10 | Mon & Wed | 2 – 5 PM | $700 + $60 fee | Bradly Dever Treadaway

In this course designed for more advanced teen photographers, students will refine their technical and aesthetic skills in black-and-white photography. The course will emphasize the relationship between exposure, film development, and the finished print. Students will have the opportunity to strengthen darkroom skills, explore different photographic papers and chemistry, and experiment with toners. Other topics will include metering different lighting situations and presenting finished prints. The course will foster the development of technique, concept, and style, while students create a sophisticated portfolio and accompanying personal vision statement.

Prerequisite: Photography I in Black-and-White, or as approved by Community Programs staff.

Photography I in Color

16MTAFC100 | Jul 19 – Aug 11 | Tues & Thurs | 2 – 5 PM | $700 + $60 fee | Sarah Warshaw

Teenagers are invited to explore color film and darkroom photography in this introductory class. Students learn to make exposures with a 35mm camera and refine their printing skills, working with speed and consistency on ICP’s computerized Kreonite print processor. Through assignments, students expand their understanding of the technical and aesthetic possibilities of color film photography.

Prerequisite: Photography I in Black-and-White, or as approved by Community Programs staff

Note: For all darkroom classes, additional field trip days will be announced.

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 Coney Island, to the unique character of our diverse neighborhoods, students will use photography to show the magic of the city through their eyes. Demonstrations and hands-on lessons will introduce participants to the craft and aesthetics of photography, and enhance their digital skills using the camera, computer, and printer. Through writing exercises, different techniques will be presented for using words with images. Critiques led by faculty and guest artists will 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 that tell their summertime stories. The program will culminate in a final presentation for family and friends.

16MTADP000A | Jul 11 – 22 | Mon – Fri | 10 AM – 4 PM | $1,670 + $75 fee | Keisha Scarville
16MTADP000B | Jul 11 – 22 | Mon – Fri | 10 AM – 4 PM | $1,670 + $75 fee | Serge J-F. Levy
16MTADP000C | Aug 1 – Aug 12 | Mon – Fri | 10 AM – 4 PM | $1,670 + $75 fee | Lesly Deschler Canossi
16MTADP000D | Aug 1 – Aug 12 | Mon – Fri | 10 AM – 4 PM | $1,670 + $75 fee | Ben Russell

Note: There are no prerequisites for these courses. 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.

Imagemakers

2015-16 Imagemakers is currently in session.
Applications for the 2016–2017 year will be available May 2016.

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.

16WTAFB200A | Sept 28, 2015 – June 13, 2016 | Mon | 4 – 6:30 PM  | Bami Adedoyin
16WTAFB200B| | Sept 30, 2015 – June 15, 2016 | Wed | 4 – 6:30 PM | Lesly Deschler-Canossi

Top image: © Curtis Willocks

Alumni Work

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