ICP Teen Academy welcomes teenagers ages 14–19 from across the United States and around the world to develop their skills as visual storytellers and changemakers in a range of online and in-person courses. The program is designed to cultivate visual literacy, personal vision, and leadership skills through courses focused on the techniques and histories of photography and visual culture.
Teen Academy offers quarterly courses across genres and techniques for every level student. All curricula include: photographic and writing assignments, open lab time, visual presentations, discussions, critiques, guest artist visits, field trips, and a culminating presentation for family and friends celebrating the students’ achievements.
Fall 2022 Course Offerings
Photography in Black-and-White: Camera and Darkroom, Curtis Willocks, Saturdays, October 8—December 17, 10 AM—1 PM ET[COURSE FILLED] Photography in Black-and-White: Camera and Darkroom, Néstor Pérez-Molière, Saturdays, October 8—December 17, 2—5 PM ET[COURSE FILLED] Developing Your Portfolio, Lesly Deschler Canossi, Sundays, October 9—December 18, 10AM—1 PM ET[COURSE FILLED]
- Developing Your Portfolio, Carla Liesching, Sundays, October 9—December 18, 2—5 PM ET [ONLINE]
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Teen Academy Imagemakers enables motivated high school juniors, seniors, and gap year students to advance their photography, writing, and public speaking skills while developing an awareness of the creative and professional possibilities in the field. This weekly in-person program, which runs from October to June, provides teen photographers with guidance from renowned teaching artists, virtual visits to museums, galleries, and studios, college-prep workshops, pre-professional assignments, mentorship opportunities, and a unique community of their peers. This program is designed for students who are passionate about photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and social change. By the end of the year, students will create an extensive portfolio, including an artist’s statement and CV. A selection of their best work is featured in a culminating showcase on ICP’s website.
See past Teen Academy Imagemakers’ work here.
Teen Academy is committed to making photography education accessible to all young people, regardless of their economic resources. Need-based scholarships are available to teens before the start of each term.
If you would like to be considered for a scholarship in an upcoming course, please complete an application. Scholarship applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.
Teen Academy is made possible with generous support from Joy of Giving Something, Inc., Luana Alesio, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation, Keith Haring Foundation, Eye Contact Foundation, Houston Family Foundation, Susan and Thomas Dunn, Stuart Z. Katz and Jane D. Martin, Monika and Deven Parekh, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, and Lois and Bruce Zenkel
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.