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Teen Lounge

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What is the Teen Lounge?

Fleisher offers a special after-school experience for young people ages 13-18 in our award-winning Teen Lounge, a free, drop-in after school program focused on the visual arts. Here, teens work collaboratively with teaching artists and their peers on projects that will develop their artistic skills, allow them to experiment with new media and artistic techniques, and build confidence in their own creative expression.

Participants describe the Teen Lounge as a "stress-free," "friendly" environment, where they can "meet people from lots of different backgrounds and make friends."

Teen Lounge was recently featured by The Wallace Foundation as one of eight outstanding after-school programs. Read more and download the full report.

Check out the Teen Lounge Blog!

What kind of projects do the students work on? With guidance from Fleisher 's Teen Lounge Monitor, Teens 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, allowing teens to explore media ranging from clay, painting, and silkscreen to stop motion animation and darkroom photography. As one teen participant put it, the Teen Lounge "twists your view on art - I had no idea what art could be before I came here!"

Upcoming Projects & Events:

Open Mic Dates

April 24, May 22, June 19, and July 17

Self-Publishing Zines with Pat Aulisio

Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 22, 29
Fleisher teaching artist Pat Aulisio will lead a workshop on the art of making zines. Zines, by definition, are a small,  handmade books that contain anything ranging from poems, comics, to memoirs. We'll explore many facets of zine making, illustration, storytelling, and self-publishing.

Hooping Workshop with Tara Adelizzi

Wenesdays, April 2, 9, 23, 30
With the guidance of professional hooper Tara Adelizzi, the teen lounge will construct and design several sized hoops. Tara will teach the teens techniques for both on-body and off-body hooping. We'll explore how hooping like other forms of exercise can improve self-confidence, increase self-awareness, and improve our overall mental wellness.

Tabletop Gardens with Quincy Carpenter

Tuedays, May 6, 13, 20, and 27
Fleisher teaching artist Quincy Carpenter will lead students through the process of designing and creating ceramic plant holders to create a world of tabletop gardens. Working with our hands and an array of different plants, we will make both tabletop planters and hanging planters.

Surrealism Workshop with Kathryn Hedley

Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21, and 28
Kathryn Hedley will lead a workshop rooted in dreamscapes and surrealist art. Through the exploration of recurring dreams and nightmares, anamorphic images, automatism and the history of surrealism, students will work on a variety of paintings and drawings exploring the unconscious mind.

Identity Installation with William Lukas

Tuesdays, June 3, 10, 17, and 24
Identity, representation, and Collaboration. This 4 week workshop will explore social issues related to teenagers, encourage teens to ask questions related to race relations in Philadelphia. The final product? A 4 minute documentary style video installation chronicling the teen’s experience as urban youth. Teens will explore their identities, collaborate on a script for the voice over and learn to storyboard. 

Shadowboxes with Lauren Parker

Wednesdays, June 4, 11, 18, and 25
Fleisher teaching artist Lauren Parker will guide the students in creating tiny worlds in small containers such as sardine boxes, IKEA frames, and other small spaces. Similar to dioramas, teens will make a multitude of small, moving shadowboxes.

The Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative
Teens also participate in community events as part of the Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative (SEPC) - a consortium of neighborhood-based organizations dedicated to providing educational, safe, fun and inspiring learning and social environments for youth ages 5 - 18.

Getting to Fleisher using public transportation is easy on either the 47 or 40 buses.

As the Teen Lounge is a drop-in program, registration is not required.

For questions about Teen Lounge, contact Linda Fernandez, at 215-922-3456 ext. 348 or