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 after-school program for students 13-19. It’s the perfect place to hang out, make art, learn something new, and meet other young artists. Through the concept of DEMOCRACY, and the help of our lovely Teen Lounge Coordinator, young artists shape the program by choosing the teaching artists they wish to work with.


With collaborative effort⭐, projects explore media ranging from sewing, sketchbooking and digital art to animation, film-making, and even painting a mural! We provide snacks, transportation passes, and art materials. :)”

– Imani Santos, Teen Lounge Representative

Teen Lounge has been highlighted by The Wallace Foundation as one of eight outstanding afterschool programs. Click on the link to learn more.


Teen Lounge runs Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. when Philadelphia schools are in session. Mondays and Tuesdays are held on Zoom, and Wednesdays meet in-person at Fleisher Art Memorial (719 Catharine St). As a drop-in program, there is no attendance requirement; teens can attend as often or as infrequently as they want, and are encouraged to fit Teen Lounge into their schedules however works best for them. For more information on how to join us, please contact teenlounge@fleisher.org.

Teen Lounge Team

Layla Ehsan, Teen Lounge Coordinator

Teen Lounge meets virtually through Zoom on Mondays/Tuesdays and in-person on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. To join, please contact Layla Ehsan, Youth Programs Associate, for more information on either our virtual or in-person programming. Layla can be reached at teenlounge@fleisher.org.


  • Mondays on Zoom: Film’s Hidden Histories with Matthew Crump
    May 2, 9, 16 and 23
    In this workshop students will learn about the 1st 100 years of film history, with emphasis on marginalized filmmakers and cultural milestones, as well as watch and discuss influential films from each era.
  • Tuesdays on Zoom: Free Days
    May 10 and May 24
    Hang out, play games, work on independent projects, or watch something together!
  • Wednesdays in Person: Figure Drawing 101 with Briggs
    May 11, 18, 25 and June 1
    With the help of a live model we’ll learn how to draw the world’s most interesting and frustrating form – the human body!


  • Tuesdays on Zoom: Developing a Multi-World with Eiji Matthews
    May 31 and June 7
    Collaborate to create a cast of characters with interesting dreams and even more interesting stories.


  • Film Screening
    May 14, 4-8pm
    Come celebrate youth filmmakers at Fleisher at this screening of short films, experimental animation, and more!
  • Last day PARTY!
    June 8, 4-6pm
    Reflect on a weird, wild and amazing year of Teen Lounge!! Weather permitting, we will meet outdoors to celebrate our community and kick off the summer.
  • Summer: Teen Lounge will be on pause this summer to focus on summer internship opportunities at Fleisher!
  • Teens interested in joining Teen Lounge – stay tuned for special evening gatherings we’ll be hosting at Fleisher this summer!!