Teen Workshops

A Visual Arts Workshop Program for Teens with and without Disabilities

Founded in 1995 by Art Access

Designed for teens ages 13 - 19 (or up to age 22, for people with cognitive disabilities)

Join other art-minded teens at Art Access Gallery, and experience quality art guidance by professional artists. Participants will be exposed to a variety of art mediums and have an opportunity to develop new art skills. Along with developing new art skills, participants will have the opportunity to have their artwork displayed at the culminating Teen Workshop Exhibit in August.

"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.

Dates/Times: A series of six different workshops is offered each summer in June and July. Each workshop is two days long, for 6 hours each day, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Number of participants: Maximum of 14 teens per workshop

Fee: $60 per workshop (may be discounted based on need), includes art materials and lunch. Pre-registration required.

Location: Art Access, 230 South 500 West #125, Salt Lake City


Jean LaSarre Gardner
Workshops Coordinator
801-328-0703 opt. 7, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summer 2014 Workshops: (click the blue title for more information and/or to register)
Experimental Collage — Paper Collage taught by Liberty Blake - Tuesday, June 10th and Wednesday, June 11th
The Art of Repoussé — Embossed Metal Work taught by Nancy Starks - Thursday, June 12th and Friday, June 13th
Healthy Habitats — Pastel Drawing taught by Brain Bean with Suzanne Zgraggen Academic & Community Programs Coordinator from Utah's Hogle Zoo - Monday, June 23rd (at Hogle Zoo) and Tuesday, June 24th (at Art Access)
Print-O-Rama! — Printmaking taught by Stefanie Dykes - Monday, June 30th and Tuesday, July 1st
Animal Adaptations — Drawing & Painting taught by Carel Brest van Kempen with Suzanne Zgraggen Academic & Community Programs Coordinator from Utah's Hogle Zoo - Monday, July 7th (at Hogle Zoo) and Tuesday, July 8th

What Teen Workshop Participants Said About Their Experiences:

"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 under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


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