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.

FALL REGISTRATION

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

16FTAFB000A | Oct 1 – Dec 17 | SATURDAYS 11 AM–2 PM  | $705 + $55 fee | Chantal Heijnen
16F TAFB000B | Oct 1 – Dec 17 | SATURDAYS 3 – 6 PM | $705 + $55 fee| Isabel Figueroa
16FTAFB000C | Oct 6 – Dec 15 | THURSDAYS 4-6:30 pm + & Field Trip TBA   | $705 + $55 fee | Pablo Lerma

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

16FTAFC100 | Oct 1 – Dec 17 | SATURDAYS 2 – 5 PM | $705 + $55 fee | Liz Sales

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.

Photography II in Black-and-White: Public, Private, Secret

16FTAFB100A | Oct 2 – Dec 18 | SUNDAYS 11 AM-2 PM | $705 + $55 fee | Doran Asher Walot

Inspired by the inaugural exhibition at ICP Bowery, Public, Private, Secret, this course will allow teenagers to explore one of the most critical conversations in today’s post-Internet society: privacy. Examining the work of exhibiting artists, students will reflect upon both the identities we present to the outside world—on social media, to our families, to each other—and the private lives we try to lead outside of the gaze of society. Incorporating concepts drawn from performance and installation art, as well as traditional darkroom photographic methods, students will create image-based projects of their own, exploring boundaries between fiction and documentation.

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

Photography II in Black-and-White: Preparing Your Portfolio

16FTAFB100B | Oct 2 – Dec 18 | SUNDAYS 3-6 PM | $705 + $55 fee | Jaime Schlesinger

Designed for the intermediate-level student, this course will focus on further developing a portfolio or body of work. Through individual assignments and critiques, students will discuss editing and sequencing their images in order to build a cohesive portfolio for submission to colleges/universities, exhibitions and awards. Students will expand upon ideas of theme, visual narrative, and image consistency and quality. Class critiques will foster confidence in students as they discuss their work in front of their peers, reflecting upon the progress of their portfolio and accompanying personal vision statement.

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

NEW CLASS

New Media I: From Analog to the Web

16FTANM100 | Oct 5 – Dec 7| WEDNESDAYS 4-6:30 PM | $705 + $55 fee | Elizabeth Kilroy

In this introductory new media storytelling course, teenagers will create web-based photo projects, learning to work fluidly between analogue and digital spaces. Students will scan and edit their film in order to create digital files, serving as a foundation upon which to build online storytelling platforms. Using Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver in ICP’s Digital Media Lab, students will explore web design basics, layout and typography, GIF animations and more. By the end of the course, students will have created a web page that is custom-designed for their personal photo project.

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