In the Saturday Young Artists Program, Fleisher offers low-cost classes for young people ages 5 to 18 designed to develop artistic skills, foster engagement with the arts, encourage self-expression, and build confidence as a creative person. Over 100 classes in a range of media are offered throughout the year, allowing children and youth to experience hands-on artmaking in a supportive and enriching environment.
New students must enter the lottery to be considered for a slot in our Saturday Young Artists Program. Once current program participants have registered for an upcoming term, new students are randomly selected. Lottery applications are grouped by grade. Please fill out the application below to be entered into the lottery.
Students enrolled in the following schools or who are participants in the following organizations receive priority status in the lottery because of ongoing arts integration partnerships: Southwark School, Kirkbride School, Edwin M Stanton School, Francis Scott Key School, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, Puentes de Salud, and Vietlead.
Questions about the lottery process or status of your application? Email email@example.com.
Key Registration and Term Dates
Fall 2023 Term:
September 9 – November 11, 2023
*No Class on Saturday, October 28
Winter Term Registration (for enrolled families): November 11 – 19Lottery Application Deadline (for new families): Sunday, November 19 Lottery Notifications Sent (for new families): Friday, December 1
Winter 2024 Term:
January 6 – March 9, 2024
We have put a number of safety measures in place to ensure that young artists can participate in Fleisher programs. Please visit the website for updated community guidelines related to COVID-19.
The program is offered during the fall, winter, and spring terms. Because of its popularity, admission to the program is by lottery only.
Fleisher’s classes are designed to be age appropriate. Children must be at least 5 years old before the beginning of the term for which they are registered. Parents or guardians of five-year-olds must present proof of their child’s age at registration.
Younger students (K-5th graders) are guided through three foundational media over the year: drawing and painting, mixed media, and sculpture. Older students (6th-12th graders) can select offerings unique to each term.
There is a $65 program fee to participate.
Younger Students (K – 5th grade)
Painting and Drawing
Young people develop creative thinking processes while exploring a variety of drawing and painting techniques. Formal elements of color and design are introduced at age-appropriate levels.
Students explore contemporary techniques and materials to create three-dimensional and two-dimensional pieces combining painting, drawing and sculpture. Formal elements of color and design are introduced at age-appropriate levels.
Three-dimensional work allows young artists to expand their understanding of artistic concepts and techniques. In addition to learning about basic clay-construction techniques, students work with other both traditional and non-traditional art materials to create their sculptures, with opportunities to enhance their designs with ceramic glaze, paint, sequins, and more!
Teen students (6 – 12th grade)
Classes for middle and high schoolers will change each term but will always explore the following mediums: 3-D Sculpture, Ceramics, Comics & Animation, Darkroom Photography, Fiber Arts, Mosaics, Painting, Printmaking, and Screenprinting.
Additionally, we offer an Independent Study class which provides students with faculty and studio support in order to help them actualize their own projects. This class is an excellent opportunity for students looking to develop their portfolios and/or work across various mediums.
All teen classes are two hours long from 1:30 – 3:30 pm.
The Saturday Young Artists Program is supported in part by:
- Robert Lehman
- Victory Foundation
- The Weiss Family