For Adults

In 1898, Fleisher’s founder, Samuel S. Fleisher, first extended the invitation for "the world to come and learn art." Fleisher's singular vision of high-quality, low-cost and tuition-free art instruction continues uninterrupted at Fleisher Art Memorial. At Fleisher, artists of all backgrounds share in the commonality of the creative experience while studying with a distinguished faculty of working artists in the visual arts.

  • Fleisher’s 10-week tuition-free classes – offered in fall, winter, and spring terms – are an accessible avenue for high-quality art education. A current membership is required for all students enrolling in tuition-free classes.

  • Building on the foundations offered in Fleisher’s tuition-free offerings, low-cost classes provide additional instruction and ways to experiment in numerous mediums.

  • Fleisher offers special workshops in a number of mediums in varying lengths, from one day to six weeks, and are suited for students looking to learn new techniques or who can’t commit to 10-week classes.

  • Discovery tours provide access to hidden treasures of some of Philadelphia’s special collections. Behind-the-scenes tours of Philadelphia institutions offer viewings of works not normally available to the public.

  • Open studios for intermediate and advanced students are an opportunity to use the Fleisher facilities to help expand your body of artwork, without the costs of renting your own studio.

  • A free, drop-in program on Wednesday evenings in the historic Sanctuary, the Sanctuary Series offers dynamic lectures, demonstrations, and discussions on countless artistic topics. The Sanctuary Series is offered in the fall, winter, and spring.

For Children & Youth

For nearly 120 years, Fleisher has stayed true to its founder’s vision of using the visual arts to enhance the lives of the area’s residents, especially children and youth. Through Fleisher’s various programs young artists are provided an opportunity to explore individual and cultural identities through art, experience the pride that comes with creation, and develop long-lasting and supportive relationships with adult teaching artists.

  • Artists age 8 to 12 are invited to come draw and explore comic books and cartooning at Fleisher’s after-school Cartooning Lab. The lab features a supportive environment that fosters creative drawing ideas while providing constructive feedback.

  • A special after-school experience for young people ages 13-18, the award-winning Teen Lounge is a free, drop-in after school program focused on the visual arts.

  • On Saturdays during the fall, winter, and spring terms, Fleisher welcomes hundreds of children and youth to its venerable tuition-free Saturday Young Artists program. The program provides art instruction from ages 5 to 18 with additional offerings for parents and guardians.

  • Fleisher’s summer workshops for children and youth offer young artists a chance to explore their creativity five days per week. Fleisher offers morning and afternoon workshops with an option to stay for lunch for a small fee. Course information and registration is generally available in March.