At Atlas, we provide a safe space for high school students to gain a better understanding of themselves through art. Our free programs meet weekdays during the school year and over the summer, for eight weekly sessions. Give your high schooler the opportunity to express themselves in a creative way!
Click the button above to learn more about our current teen program offerings, and to register. What's more, you can sign up for as many programs as you'd like!
Winter 2020 Programs
Programs begin January 13 and end March 11
Registration begins November 25 and ends January 31
Social Change through Printmaking
Mondays | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Program Description: Are you passionate or interested in learning about climate change and protecting endangered species? Teens will learn how to create art that can be used for social change by creating large spray-paint-stenciled protest signs featuring critically endangered species.
Tuesdays | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Program Description: Are you a writer or poet? In this class teens will explore and break down popular spoken word, learn the mechanics of spoken word and its effect on a listening audience. They will write their own pieces, both individually and as a group that will define their culture and generation.
Wednesdays | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Program Description: Ever wondered how books are made? Teens will explore how to tell their personal stories by creating handmade books that will use a combination of found objects and materials to shape and embellish their pages. The process of bookmaking will tap into their imagination and how to express their self-identity.
Teen Leadership Council
Our teen leaders are a special group of teens who are working on projects that develop their voice and leadership. For example, our 2019 Teen Leadership Council banded together to help one of our young people Natalia Mangaroo, 18, with her high school senior project. The 12th grader from Open High used the artistic experiences she gained from ART 180 to give Paradise Park, a beloved Richmond treasure hidden in the heart of the Fan, a fresh coat of paint.
“I decided to do this as my senior project because we used to come here all the time for field trips in elementary school. This was such a happy place for me when I was little, and it made me sad to see it not as it used to be. So I decided to revamp it so that the younger kids who come here now feel the same joy that I felt when I was their age.” -Natalia