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Take a free studio art class at MoMA. Join other teens to make art, work with contemporary artists, and create your own exhibition.

  • View and discuss modern and contemporary art in an open and supportive environment
  • Learn new art-making techniques in and experiment with a variety of materials
  • Meet other creative artists from throughout NYC
  • Have your projects shown in the Museum of Modern Art

In the Making: Summer 2016

Free hands-on art classes for NYC high school students, ages 13–19. No experience necessary! MoMA provides all materials, food, studio space, and more. Each course meets three times a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and culminates in a teen art show of participants' work. Applications are due June 1, 2016. Please note: these courses are available to New York City residents only. Email teenprograms@moma.org for more information.

Apply online or download a PDF of the current application (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).

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Summer 2016

Pulp Fictions

TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS, JUL 5–AUG 12, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Experimental and Sculptural Uses for Paper

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Paper might be the most versatile of all art materials—you can draw, paint, cut, tear, fold, roll, scrape, burn, and sculpt it. It can be as thin and delicate as a single blade of grass, or as chunky and thick as a topographical map. We limit ourselves if we think of paper as just a two-dimensional material, and its three-dimensional uses go way beyond being folded into airplanes and hats. Working with artist Leah Wolff, participants in this workshop will push the boundaries of what’s physically possible using this ultra-versatile material. Play with scale, make things big, move between two different dimensions, and follow the creative process from pulpy mess to finished product.

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CLICK@MoMA: Live + Direct

TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS, JUL 5–AUG 12, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM
An Intro to Improvised Audio/Visual Performance

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Multimedia artist Ali Santana leads this exploration through the creative spaces where performance art, audio production, and video editing meet. Using an array of digital tools as a starting point, participants explore the basics of combining beat-making and sound design with a series of strange and delirious found-footage video clips in real time. Final projects will be looped, mixed, and projected live, in a series of improvised audio/visual performances. No musical background or previous experience is necessary to join, and no prior technology experience is needed either.

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Whoop Dee Doo (and You)

TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS, JUL 5–AUG 12, 2:00–5:00 PM
The Secret World of DIY Variety Shows

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Whoop Dee Doo is a group that creates collaborative, large-scale music and performance events that push the boundaries of what a live theatrical experience can be. Based on alien abductions, secret cults, celebrity ghosts, and more, the group collaborates with a community of musicians, dancers, singers, and performers to create projects that blur the lines between party and performance art. Explore every aspect of a modern-day variety show experience, from designing and constructing sets; to coordinating performances; to creating costumes, running sound, hanging lights, and more. Just (whoop dee) do it!

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States Of America

TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS, JUL 5–AUG 12, 2:00–5:00 PM
An Exploration of the USA through Multiple Mediums

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Like some sort of giant abstract sculpture, the USA can resemble a big, confusing, messy thing sometimes—a vast place made up of different political beliefs, customs, and ideals. America has its own visual vocabulary, and Americans often forget how strange our customs and aesthetics can seem to people from outside our borders. Join Rotem Linial, a sculptor and mixed-media artist, to explore the strange, contradictory nature of our country through a variety of sculptural projects and hands-on art-making techniques. Discover a variety of different 3-D processes and materials including resin casting, inflatables, large-scale Styrofoam structures, found objects, vinyl, and more. America the beautiful? We’ll see…

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Spring 2016

WTF Is BHQF University?!?

TUESDAYS, FEB 9–APR 12, 4:00–6:30 PM
An Intro to Art School for People Who Hate School

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Welcome to Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU), a free art school and learning experiment where artists work together to manifest creative, productive, demanding, and “useless” interactions between art and the world. This season, members of their notoriously secretive and anonymous organization will enlist a diverse group of New York–based artists to collaborate with participants across a variety of mediums—sculpture, performance, drawing, video, and more. Sample numerous approaches while working alongside some of NYC’s most interesting merry art pranksters. Each week’s session will be its own unique hands-on experience led by BHQFU artists and special guests, giving participants an immersive introduction in what it really means be an artist, with or without a formal education. Try art school before you buy art school.

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CLICK@MoMA: Make Art Not War

TUESDAYS, FEB 9–APR 12, 4:00–6:30 PM
Transforming Military Materials into Social and Mobile Spaces

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Through design workshops and collaborative projects, artist Mary Mattingly leads participants in reinventing a disused military-grade trailer, turning an object of war into an all-encompassing artistic and social environment. What strange new space can this object become? You’re in charge of every step of the process, from budgeting to designing to assembling and more. Working as a group of coconspirators, members of this course will brainstorm new uses for this old piece of technology, crafting possibilities using moldable plastic, wood, and foamcore, and transforming the trailer using metal-cutting, soldering, drilling, sawing, and laser-cutting techniques. No prior design experience needed!

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POWER Figures

THURSDAYS, FEB 11–APR 14, 4:00–6:30 PM
A Sculptural and Political Exploration of the Human Form

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Can a simple material like papier–mâché transcend its basic nature when made into a personal and political sculpture? Can we explore our truest selves through the creation of secondary figures, turning simple objects and materials into a community of powerful and proud human forms? Taking inspiration from the things that make each of us unique, POWER Figures explores the strength and physical beauty of the human form. Shellyne Rodriguez leads this hands-on sculptural exploration of large-scale 3-D figure making, discussing cultural histories, myths, and the way we construct our personal and public identities along the way. Power to the people!

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Acting Your Age

THURSDAYS, FEB 11–APR 14, 4:00–6:30 PM
Cross-Generational Performance and Photography

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Why is so much of our access to the world defined by our physical age? Don’t our abilities, skills, and interests transcend these basic definitions about who we are and what we are capable of? This experimental and avant-garde course represents a new step forward for cross-museum collaboration, bringing a group of teens together for a multiple-session collaboration with MoMA’s Prime Time initiative—a group of New Yorkers ages 65 and up working to foster the relationship between creativity and aging. Smash stereotypes and redefine what it means to grow up! Led by artist Kerry Downey, the course will explore preconceived ideas about aging and youth while using photographic and performance-based techniques to create artwork that expresses our own experiences of what it means to be young (and old).

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