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Director's Letter

"You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
Mark Twain

Everyone has an imagination. Like the muscles in your body, it demands regular exercise to be fully accessed and realized. On a daily basis, chances are your imagination probably takes a back seat to the daily demands of life as a teenager.

But if you dream of becoming an artist or designer and know in your heart of hearts that this excites you, then begin your journey of self-discovery in ArtCenter for Teens. This journey depends upon creating, inventing, experimenting, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.

Classes in ArtCenter for Teens are designed to provide you with rich and meaningful experiences to apply art and design to master technical and con-ceptual skills, foster personal growth, and reach beyond the obvious. You’ll learn the ins and outs of the creative process–how to identify needs, frame problems, make choices, generate alternatives, work collaboratively and communicate your ideas with impact–all in a fun and creative learning environment. We’ll also challenge you to become a better risk-taker not only by playing to your strengths, but by strengthening your weaknesses.

Our curriculum is rich and varied, conceived to help you become a better artist, designer and thinker. ArtCenter for Teens classes mirror the diverse disciplines of ArtCenter’s degree programs and reflect the College’s founding educational philosophy that a comprehensive art and design education is the foundation for successfully achieving both personal and professional goals.

You’ll learn from a distinguished faculty of professional artists and designers who will share their personal stories, professional experiences and best practices with you. Our faculty will also engage you in discussions about career opportunities in art and design, mindful of sustainability and global issues and the role of artists and designers as agents of social change.

Whether you’re just beginning or are at an advanced level, you’ll become part of a creative community dedicated to using art and design as catalysts to invent, motivate and challenge yourself and those around you.

Are you ready to act on your dreams, fuel your passion and find your creative voice? If so, then ArtCenter for Teens is for you.

Paula Goodman
Director, K—12 Programs