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.

March workshops

Mondays: Intro to Street Art with Ali Williams

Learn the history of street art and draw inspiration from local street artists as we experiment with wheat paste, at home, and in the wild!

Tuesdays: free days

Hang out, listen to music, play games or do homework.

Wednesdays: RPG Character Design with Eiji Matthews

This primer on RPG character design is perfect for aspiring game designers curious about what software is out there, or anyone who wants to create compelling and complex original characters.

April workshops

Mondays: Someone To Hug: Soft Sculpture & Stuffed Animals with Tess Ramsey

We’re all stuck at home, we’re binge-watching anime, and we could all use another comfort object. Let’s make some comfy, weird, soft, and huggable art.

Tuesdays: Logo Design: Creating Your Visual Identity with Doah Lee

Harness the power of visual language as a communication tool, and develop your own symbols and images to represent your story.

Wednesdays: free days

Hang out, listen to music, play games or do homework.