Saturday, December 27, 2014

Main Line Art Center's 'Teen Studios' preps youth for lifelong art passion

Main Line teens with artistic flair have another option to add to the list of summer activities: The Main Line Art Center's summer program, Teen Studios.

Main Line Art Center's 'Teen Studios' preps youth for lifelong art passion

(left) Sixteen-year-old Jeni Bennett works with children at the June 9 Arts Alive Mobile appearance at Alex´s Original Lemonade Stand in Wynnewood. Bennett is a longtime participant in the Teen Studios summer program at the Art Center.
(left) Sixteen-year-old Jeni Bennett works with children at the June 9 Arts Alive Mobile appearance at Alex's Original Lemonade Stand in Wynnewood. Bennett is a longtime participant in the Teen Studios summer program at the Art Center. (courtesy Main Line Art Center)

Main Line teens with artistic flair have another option to add to the list of summer activities: The Main Line Art Center's summer program, Teen Studios.

For artists ages 13-18, the Art Center's Teen Studios gives participants the opportunity to participate in one-week and nine-day studios Monday through Friday for an in-depth study of a art medium of their choosing. 

"I learned more at the Main Line Art Center than I did with nine years of school art classes," Jenni Bennett said in a news release. "They helped me grow as an artist, plus the classes are tons of fun, and I met some really cool people there over the years."

Bennett, 16, took the Art Center's Summer Art Camp for several years before moving up to Teen Studios, where she dabbled in jewelry, ceramics, drawing and painting. Her experience in Teen Studio Photography inspired Bennett to build a darkroom in her basement. 

In addition to photography, jewelry and metalwork, ceramics, drawing and painting, Teen Studios offers artists the chance to study fashion design, illustration, acrylic, mixed media, glassblowing and portfolio preparation, using high-quality materials and art tools with professional artists.

Studios are held in the mornings, afternoons and evenings "so teens can find time to schedule art into their schedules," according to the release. 

The Art Center also offers week-long, half-day and full-day Summer Art Camp for budding artists ages 4-13, and also offers a special Pre-Teen Studios for select sessions for artists ages 11-13. Modeled after Teen Studios, Pre-Teen Studios offer intensive sessions in the morning and/or afternoon.

Participants can also join the Art Center's award-winning camp and experience a variety of 2- and 3-D media.

Adults aren't left out of the mix either – the Art Center offers many adult classes in the evenings and on the weekends. 

For more information about the summer programs, or to register before they fill up, call 610-525-0272 or check out the Art Center's website.

About this blog
Josh Fernandez is a 2011 graduate of Temple University where he studied journalism and gender studies. He was a writer and editor for The Temple News, and has interned at Philadelphia City Paper and the Philadelphia Daily News. Josh lived in Aston, Pa. in Delaware County before moving to University City in Philadelphia.

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