Teen Lounge


"Teen Lounge classes are way more fun and more energetic than classes at my school.”

Teen Lounge Participant

Teen Lounge is a FREE, drop-in afterschool program for students ages 13-19. It’s the perfect place to hang out, make art, and meet other young artists!

With guidance from the Teen Lounge Monitor, young artists are encouraged to develop their own creative program by choosing the artists with whom they wish to work. Projects are often collaborative and rely on a strong group dynamic. Projects explore media ranging from clay, painting, and silkscreen to stop-motion animation and darkroom photography.

Teen Lounge was recently featured by The Wallace Foundation as one of eight outstanding afterschool programs. Read more and download the full report.


Teen Lounge runs Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. when Philadelphia schools are in session. There’s no need to register, just stop by the front desk and sign in.

Become a Teaching Artist

Fleisher’s Teen Lounge provides young people with opportunities to work with experienced Teaching Artists from around the region. Participating teens evaluate proposals submitted by Teaching Artists through the RFP (Request for Proposals) process.

The submission deadline is Tuesday, February 5, for projects in March-May 2019. Students will be selecting five visiting artists, who are compensated up to $600 for four sessions with a supply budget of $150. Additional artists may be considered for one- or two-day workshop opportunities. After submitting a proposal, artists attend a mandatory proposal review fair scheduled for Monday, February 11, to meet Teen Lounge students and present their project ideas. Students then vote to select which projects to run in the spring term.

Submit a Proposal

Teen Lounge Team

Layla Ehsan, Teen Lounge Coordinator

Rebecca Franco, Youth Programs Coordinator

Teen Lounge runs Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. when Philadelphia schools are in session. There’s no need to register, just stop by the front desk and sign in.

Workshops with our teaching artists are offered twice per week. One day remains open for young artists to work on their own projects, finish up homework, or just hang out in the lounge.

Call 215-922-3456, ext. 300 or email teenlounge@fleisher.org.


Free Days
Mondays: January 7 and 14
Hang out, do homework or work on independent projects.

Watercolor, Abstracts, and Portraits
Tuesdays: January 8, 15, 22, and 29
We will use various media to convey your thoughts, feelings and perceptions of the world while creating shareable works of art that spark conversation.

Teen Play 2
Wednesdays: January 9, 16, 23, and 30
Continue making an illustrated screenplay by developing our characters, plot, and dialogue from Teen Play 1. We will screenprint our favorite creations on paper or t-shirts!


Spring proposal fair: February 11
No Teen Lounge February 18

Free Days
Mondays: February 4 and 25
Hang out, do homework or work on independent projects.

Make Your Own Wallet
Tuesdays: February 5, 12, 19, 26
Build your sewing and pattern-making skills by designing and constructing a wallet.

Experimental Animation
Tuesdays: February 6, 13, 20, 27
We’ll learn various frame-by-frame animation techniques while working on individual and collaborative animation projects.

Teen Council Days

January 28
Do you have ideas for making Teen Lounge better? Do you have fun working collaboratively with a team of other young artists while eating pizza? Come to Teen Council days and make your voice heard!