Teen Workshops

Program founded in 1995 

The teen years can be a period of change, uncertainty, isolation, and stress for many young men and women. Art Access believes that teens can find a sense of community, develop transferable and long-lasting life skills, and flourish in the nurturing, creative, and productive environment. Our workshops are taught by professional artists and teens work alongside their peers who are also passionate about making art. These are the only visual arts workshops in the Salt Lake City area specifically designed with the needs and abilities of ALL teens in mind. Five two-day workshops are offered annually in June and July.

"The first thing he said as we were leaving (the workshop) was 'When do I get to come back for the next class?' That is a lot coming from (him)."  - Father of Teen Workshop participant who rarely speaks.


Art Access serves a diverse clientele. Chronological and cognitive ages are taken into consideration upon registration of any participant, as well as individual adaptive needs. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more or to request specific accessibility services.

Summer 2015 Workshop

(click the blue workshop title for registration link)

ALTERED THRIFT STORE ART with MEGAN HALLETT
Monday & Tuesday, June 22 & 23

UPCYCLED MOSAICS: FOUND OBJECT SCULPTURE with LOUISE FISCHMAN
Thursday & Friday, June 25 & 26

RETRO-TECH: CARDBOARD SCULPTURE with VINCE JOHNSON
Monday & Tuesday, June 29 & 30 

A BIT OF KITSCH: IMAGE TRANSFER FURNITURE with STEPHANIE SWIFT
Monday & Tuesday, July 6 & 7

ANIMAL EXPRESSIONS: DRAWING & PAINTING with RON RUSSON
Thursday, July 9 at Utah's Hogle Zoo
Friday, July 10 at Art Access in Workshop 110

Schedule: Workshops run over the course of two days, 6-hours each day from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and are held in the Art Access Workshop 110 (unless otherwise indicated).

Participant Capacity: 14 teens per workshop. 

Fee: $75 per workshop includes art materials and instruction, and lunch. Pre-registration is required. Discounted fees and partial scholarships are available for students in financial need. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.

Location: 230 South 500 West (SLC) in the Art Access Workshop 110, Salt Lake City.

Program Coordinator:
Jean LaSarre Gardner
801-328-0703, opt. 7
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What Teen Workshop Participants Said About Their Experiences:

KC Contract color-2015"The best part of the workshop was being creative and making new friends."
"The other teens taught me to take risks with my art."
"I liked the artist's good suggestions and help, but also her willingness to let us do our own thing."
"I just wanted to push myself and do something I've never done before!"
"It was a really accepting community."
"I learned that we are all creative I our own ways and we should try to have our own styles to express ourselves.""It was so fun! Just a really good time for anyone who enjoys art."
"My expectations were greatly exceeded in this workshop."
"I liked that we go to have our art in the gallery."
"I loved working with other kids my age. I like sharing common interests."


This program is provided in part under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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