Teens Teach Art

In the spring, teens participating in our Teen Apprenticeship Program­ (TAP) spend time after school and on Saturdays with Studio Institute artists—gaining expertise in the fundamentals of art, learning how to instruct children in basic art lessons, and developing college readiness skills. Their commitment culminates in paid employment as art instructors at NYC summer camps.

This year, however, our intrepid teens completed their apprenticeship training online and worked hard this past summer to produce online art lessons for children. We were impressed to watch as they developed a style similar to popular social media tutorials—but with the Studio skills, knowledge, and standards we expect of our professional teaching artists. During July and August, TAP instructors presented live lessons on Zoom for students in grades K–2 and 3–5.

Check out the pre-recorded art lessons in collage, drawing, and painting below featuring our teen artists:

Collage

TORN PAPER FOOD COLLAGE K–2: 
Teen Artist Instructor Adriana Larreinaga from the Bronx, a 2020 graduate of the High School of Art and Design

TORN PAPER ANIMAL COLLAGE K–2:
Teen Artist Instructor Charmaine Cera from Manhattan, a  junior at the High School of Fashion and Design 

 

CUTTING AND ARRANGING SHAPE COLLAGE K–2:
Teen Artist Instructor Princes De Leon from Queens, a 2020 graduate from the High School of Art and Design

SHAPE HOUSE COLLAGE K–2:
Teen Artist Instructor Abigail Singh from the Bronx, a senior at Pelham Preparatory Academy

 


TORN PAPER MONSTER COLLAGE 3–5:
Teen Artist Instructor Destiny Ingles from Manhattan, a 2020 graduate of the NYC Museum School  

TORN PAPER LANDSCAPE COLLAGE 3–5:
Teen Artist Instructor Cassandra Junio from the Bronx, a senior from Central Park East High School

 

CUT SHAPE ROBOT COLLAGE 3–5:
Teen Artist Instructor Rawan Al Saleh from Queens, a senior from Queens Technical High School

TORN PAPER ANIMAL COLLAGE 3–5:
Teen Artist Instructor Kenith Yu from Queens, a senior from Brooklyn Latin High School

 

SEA CREATURES SHAPE COLLAGE 3–5:
Teen Artist Instructor Miguel Mendoza from Brooklyn, a senior at Brooklyn High School of the Arts

 


Drawing

LINE AND SHAPE DRAWING EXPLORATION K–2:
Teen Artist Instructor Amaiya Terrell from Queens, a 2020 graduate from Brooklyn High School of the Arts

LINE LANDSCAPE DRAWING K–2:
Teen Artist Instructor Valerie Wong from Manhattan, a 2020 graduate from Millennium High School

 

DRAWING IMAGINATIVE HOUSES K–2:
Teen Artist Instructor Sanjona Arzan from Queens, a 2020 graduate from Pelham Preparatory Academy

DRAWING LINES AND PATTERNS INSPIRED BY KUSAMA K–2:
Teen Artist InstructorPrinces De Leon from Queens, a 2020 graduate from the High School of Art and Design


See more video lessons presented by our teen artists.


Meet the 2020 TAP Artist Instructors

What Teens Are Saying About the TAP Experience

My experience with Studio won’t be one I’ll ever forget.
— Liz

I pushed myself out of my comfort zone.
—LinLin

It’s  been a great jumping pad to launch me into the world of jobs. —Kenith