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.

WINTER REGISTRATION

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

17WTAFB000A | Jan 21–Mar 25| SATURDAYS 11 AM–2 PM  | $705 + $55 fee | James Reddington
17WTAFB000B | Jan 21–Mar 25 | SATURDAYS 3 – 6 PM | $705 + $55 fee| Sarah Warshaw
17WTAFB000C | Jan 26–Mar 30 | THURSDAYS 4-6:30 pm + & Field Trip TBA   | $705 + $55 fee | Liz Sales

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 I in Color

17WTAFC100 | Jan 21–Mar 25 | SATURDAYS 2 – 5 PM | $705 + $55 fee | Doran Asher Walot

Teenagers explore color film and darkroom photography in this introductory class. Students will 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, participants will 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.

Photography II in Black-and-White: The Self-Published Artist

17WTAFB100A | Jan 22–Mar 26 | SUNDAYS 11 AM-2 PM | $705 + $55 fee | 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 produce silver gelatin prints, and then use them as source material for self-publishing. Through alternative methods, such as photocollage, sandwiched and scratched negatives, and 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 statement, and a handmade book or zine, all of which will be featured on a class blog.

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

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

17WTAFB100B | Jan 22–Mar 26| SUNDAYS 3-6 PM | $705 + $55 fee |Bayete Ross Smith

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 will provide an in-depth exploration of metering and exposure while participants study natural and artificial lighting techniques for the black-and-white portrait. Through technical exercises, students will learn the tools needed to control and manipulate light, in order to achieve both practical and artistic effects. Students will photograph themselves, each other, family members, and strangers—spontaneously in the neighborhood, staged at home, and more formally in the studio. By the end of the course, students will have developed a portfolio of prints and an artist statement..

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

New Class

New Media I: Teen Entrepreneurs

17WTANM101 | Jan 25–Mar 29| WEDNESDAYS 4-6:30 PM | $705 + $55 fee | Ifétayo Abdus-Salam

Social media and web-based technology are more accessible now than ever, which means the tools needed to establish clear and cohesive brand identities in a virtual space are right at our fingertips. Designed for teens interested in the world of entrepreneurship, this course prompts students to explore a productor service-based business idea by executing photo shoots, implementing editing software tools, and creating an online presence. By the end of the course, students will have developed a mock online business profile complete with a mission statement and accompanying photographic portfolio.

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

Imagemakers

Teen Academy Imagemakers

16FIMFB200A | September 26, 2016–June 12, 2017 | MONDAYS 4-6:30 PM | $980 + $55 fee per semester| TBD

16FIMFB200B | September 28, 2016–June 14, 2017| WEDNESDAYS 4-6:30 PM | $980 + $55 fee per semester| Lesly Deschler-Canossi

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 weekly after-school 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. By the end of the year, students will have created an extensive portfolio, including an artist’s statement and résumé, and a selection of their best work is honored in a gallery exhibition. This program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing photography in college and/or as a career. Interested students are required to submit a portfolio and written application. Applications are now available online and due by September 6, 2016.

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

Top image: © Curtis Willocks

Alumni Work

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