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 art 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 Coordinator, young artists 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. We provide snacks, transportation passes, and art materials.

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. 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.

Become a Teen Lounge Teaching Artist

Teen Lounge teaching artists are selected through an RFP and proposal fair process. In light of COVID-19, all Teen Lounge programming has been moved online and it is seeking four teaching artists to share their knowledge, creativity, and inspiration in this new virtual realm. Your proposal should offer young people an exciting opportunity to explore a theme of relevance to their age group or experiment with materials they can access easily at home. Please also keep in mind that many of our students are coping with a lot of change and uncertainty right now – so upholding a flexible, low-stress, and uplifting environment for our youth is key!

The submission deadline is May 30 for summer projects. Eight artists will be invited to attend a mandatory proposal review fair scheduled for Monday, June 7, 4:00-6:00 p.m. to meet Teen Lounge students and give a brief presentation on their idea.

Respond to the RFP

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: art.gif: GIFs as Creative Medium with David Han (Hanzi)
    Learn to make GIFs by editing and animating found image/video as well as your own original materials; whether your GIFs are beautiful, funny or just outright weird, that will be entirely up to you.
  • Tuesdays on Zoom: Free Days
    Hang out, play games, work on independent projects, or watch something together!
  • Wednesdays in Person: Watercolor Pencil Bookmarks with Rachael Gran
    This workshop is an exploration of the possibilities of watercolor pencil in combination with the production of a utilitarian object: you’ll be making decorative painted bookmarks!


  • Mondays on Zoom: Free Days
    Hang out, play games, work on independent projects, or watch something together!

  • Tuesdays on Zoom: Sketchbooking: Filling A Spread with Aigner LeMay
    Practice and develop your creativity with experimental sketchbooking in a low-stress environment.
  • Wednesdays in Person: Hand & Machine Sewn Plush Monsters: Sustainability in Sewing with Natalia Navarra
    In this fun and adventurous workshop, we will be exploring the various methods of hand and machine sewing while incorporating important concepts of sustainability in order to create our own original plush-toy monsters from up-recycled materials!


  • Late Fall Proposal Fair: Monday October 18
    Meet on Zoom to connect with professional artists, hear their workshops proposals and vote on what you want to learn this November/December. New folks are invited to come learn about the program and see what Teen Lounge is all about!