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FREE Arts Programs for High School Students

Most Arts based programs for High School Age students are FREE. Typically, all you have to do do is apply! If there is additional requirements they may range between letters of recommendation from teachers, financial information for parents, never any immigration status for either the student or parent/ guardians, and possibly grades/ or proof of being a student in the school within your district. The great thing too is that if you need transportation, often programs are really great about helping students out with that.


Programs in the LA AREA

CalArts CAP + CAPSA

The award-winning CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP), a co-curricular program of CalArts, offers free after-school and school-based arts programs for youth ages 6-18 in every discipline taught at the Institute.

Programs are offered at public schools, community centers and social service agencies, covering a 1,000-square-mile radius across Los Angeles County. With classes led by a teaching corps of accomplished CalArts faculty, alumni and student instructors, CAP participants learn to create original works of art and to experiment with prevailing conventions of artistic expression.

RYMAN ARTS

Ryman Arts teaches classical drawing and painting to talented and motivated High School students as a bridge to a lifetime that expresses and appreciates the arts.

INNER-CITY ARTS

Inner- city Arts believes that the arts and creativity are transformational. Inner-City Arts envisions a society that honors the human capacity for creativity, and values its cultivation in the education of young people. Their mission is to engage young people in the creative process in order to shape a society of creative, confident and collaborative individuals. 

826LA

826LA provides a variety of free programming for students ages 6–18, designed to challenge and enchant while strengthening writing skills.

LA COMMONS

LA Commons, a project of Community Partners, works in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles,
facilitating artistic processes, open to all, that result in highly visible public art projects that tell dynamic
neighborhood stories. L.A. Commons builds community by validating the importance of local narratives,
enhancing the sense of belonging felt by a broad range of stakeholders and encouraging stronger ties
between the people and places of Los Angeles.

LACMA TEENS

Classes are designed just for teens and present a wide variety of ways to approach art. Students focus on a variety of techniques and develop their own personal style. Unless otherwise specified, the age requirement for teen classes is ages 13 through 17. **BTW, ANYONE 17 AND UNDER CAN JOIN LACMA'S NEXT GEN MEMBERSHIP FOR FREE, aka you can go whenever**

GETTY MUSEUM TEEN PROGRAMS + GETTY #UNSHUTTERED

The education department at the J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire all of our audiences to engage with our collection and exhibitions through programs and resources at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. 

MOCA TEENS

MOCA invites teens to connect with the museum, art, and the community through programs created by teens, for teens, such as the annual Teen Night and the MOCA Teen Program. *ALSO FREE MUSEUM VISIT FOR ANYONE 17 AND UNDER*

 

 

pROGRAMS IN CA, NOT FREE BUT PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

CALIFORNIA STATE SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS [CSSSA]

The California State Summer School for the Arts, commonly known as CSSSA, is a rigorous four-week, pre-professional visual and performing arts training program for high school students held each summer at the California Institute of the Arts.

The OXBOW SCHOOL

The Oxbow curriculum is designed to match the requirements of the nation’s best public and private high schools and is as committed to academics as it is to art making. All of the courses at Oxbow are accredited, honors level, and college preparatory. The Oxbow School is a private, independent and not for profit organization.

PASADENA ART CENTER

ArtCenter for Teens is a unique art and design program tailored just for teens in grades 9 through 12. In ArtCenter for Teens, we offer classes for all experience levels and in a variety of areas—from fine art to automobile design to video game development to fashion design. Whatever your passion, there is a class for you in ArtCenter for Teens.

OTIS PRE COLLEGE

Courses for students ages 5 – 18 introduce the elements and principles of art and design and encourage personal self-expression. Taught by practicing professional artists who are also skilled arts educators, our programs are designed for the experienced artist as well as students with limited art training.

 

and last but not least:

 

PRE-COLLEGE ARTS PROGRAMS IN THE US, not free, but students can apply for scholarships

 
artwork by: Bob and Roberta Smith (b. 1963, London)

artwork by: Bob and Roberta Smith (b. 1963, London)


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