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 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 Wednesday, February 3 for projects in March-April. Eight artists will be invited to attend a mandatory proposal review fair scheduled for Monday, February 8, 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 is meeting virtually through Zoom on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. To join, please contact Layla Ehsan, Teen Lounge coordinator, for the link and credentials to join Teen Lounge on Zoom. Layla can be reached through email at teenlounge@fleisher.org.

January Workshops

Mondays: free days
Work on independent projects, do homework, play games, or just hang out!

Tuesdays: Gods & Goddesses & Comics with Kathryn Briggs
Imagine a world where ancient deities are still among us as superheroes. We will create comics inspired by ancient art history and mythologies of the world!

Wednesdays: Bringing Comics To Life Through Puppetry with Liz Oakley
Explore the genre of toy theatre to bring your comics to life, using small-scale paper characters and props. We will discuss character design, storyboarding, and more!

February Workshops

Mondays: free days
Work on independent projects, do homework, play games, or just hang out!

Tuesdays: Teen Lounge TV with Shannon Brooks
Create a TV program consisting of live and pre-recorded content to broadcast virtually through our own Teen Lounge Twitch channel.

Wednesdays: Experimental Animation with Daisy Diamond
Get experimental and create unique animations using hand-drawn techniques, paper puppets, household objects, and even vegetables!

Proposal Fair: Monday, February 8
Come learn about our program, meet professional artists who want to teach for Teen Lounge, and vote on their workshop ideas! Four workshops will be selected to run in March and April.