Teen Lounge

Events

"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.

Schedule

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 Thursday, December 10 for projects in January-February. Eight artists will be invited to attend a mandatory proposal review fair scheduled for Tuesday, December 15, 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.

November Workshops

Mondays: Upcycled Clothing – Deconstruct, Rework and Refashion with Maya Lockman-Fine
Get creative with the materials around you to rework and upcycle custom clothing, and use your style as a tool of affirming presentation and expression.

Tuesdays: Free Days
Free days! Teens decide how we spend this time, whether it’s homework help, playing games, watching a movie, working on independent art projects, or exploring a new technique together. On alternating Tuesdays, we will be playing teen-led cyberpunk Dungeons and Dragons.

Wednesdays: Collaboration and Making/Selling Art Online with Bee Rapine
Collaborate with each other’s art styles to create unique and original Teen Lounge merch, and sell it online worldwide at HANDMADE, Fleisher’s holiday art market.

December Workshops

Mondays: Writing and Creating for Graphic Novels with Erika Matthews
From character creation to storyboarding and dialogue, develop and hone your style by learning about different anime, manga, and graphic novel forms.

Tuesdays: Free Days
Free days! Teens decide how we spend this time, whether it’s homework help, playing games, watching a movie, working on independent art projects, or exploring a new technique together. On alternating Tuesdays, we will be playing teen-led cyberpunk Dungeons and Dragons.

Wednesdays: MENDING+ (textiles, revolution, fashion) with Daisy Diamond
Learn basic mending techniques that can be applied to fashion design, repairs, creative textile arts, and pattern design – and in classic “stitch and kvetch” style, develop your own political perspective on mending in the broadest sense!