A young artist explores printmaking at Teen Art Studios.

A young artist explores printmaking at Teen Art Studios.

Teen Art Studios is a free, year-round, evening drop-in studio art program for young artists ages 13 to 18 that delivers quality art training to teens from all backgrounds, provides exhibition and portfolio building opportunities and encourages positive social engagement.

Each month a different professional working artist teaches a specific art form, engaging teens in learning new skills, making art and developing new friendships in a supportive, safe environment.

Free Fridays with Teen Art Studios runs (6:30pm-9:30pm) on Capitol Hill and (4:00pm-7:00pmat the Bellevue Arts Museum every Friday. All skill-levels are welcome, from beginning to advanced teen artists. There is no registration required. You are welcome to drop in when you can or come every week. Art supplies and refreshments are provided.

Free Fridays with Teen Art Studios on Capitol Hill

Teen Art Studios on Capitol Hill. Photo by Spectrum House Salon & Photo

Teen Art Studios on Capitol Hill. Photo by Spectrum House Salon & Photo

1501 10th Ave E
Room 200

Visual StoryTelling
Taylor Dow
Come experiment with nonlinear, modular, interactive, and collaborative storytelling to push your understanding of the comics form. This class will provide you with group and individual visual storytelling exercises as well as a space to read comics and work on your own projects.

Mixed-Media Narratives
Sean Hutton
Create your own narrative-based artworks, whether personal, imagined, or historical. We will briefly study how narratives are conveyed through history painting, comics, and contemporary art in order to create individualized, mixed media projects with a strong foundation rooted in art history.

Sarah Bixler

Examine the work of contemporary and historic artists who create images of people, from Holbein’s simple, specific line drawings to Dana Schutz’s energetic colorful paintings, we will examine the choices that went into artists work and how the materials they used influenced their art. Thinking about subject, composition, and material, we will apply what we learn in works of our own, from photographs, found images, collage and observation.

Creatures in Ceramics
Jeremias Lentini

Create your own creature using ceramic clay. Learn to design a character on paper and then bring it to a three dimensional form. Use your imagination and also references from the natural world to make your characters more believable, then pose them in dynamic gestures and add all the details to make them look like they are alive!

Free Fridays with Teen Art Studios @ Bellevue Art Museum

Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Wy NE
Bellevue, WA 98004


Drawing with Unusual Materials
Nhatt Nichols
The best way to get over the fear of the blank page and create new drawings is to trying to try new materials. We’ll start with different ways to leave a mark and move on to drawing with coffee, string, and even bleach.

Cut-Paper Basics
Joseph Brooks

Explore foundational techniques in cut-paper art used by artists in BAM exhibits. Make imaginative works of art while exploring unique design ideas through cut paper, stencil and mark making.

From Portraiture to Abstraction
Joseph Brooks

Discover traditional and untraditional illustration and multi-media techniques to explore ideas of narrative. Examine the artistic elements that go into creating dynamic works of portraiture and abstraction.

Natural Mediums
Lowell Poisson

Discover natural colors, textures within a water-based mediums. Be inspired by ancient ways of painting to create your own paints. We will be exploring the ways that humans are effected by nature.

Natural Drawing Techniques
Lowell Poisson

Using natural mediums like graphite, charcoal, and chalks, learn different techniques in form and light in order to help improve on your own personal interests in drawing.

Getting in to Teen Art Studios at Bellevue Arts Museum

After checking in with Guest Services via the main entrance at 510 Bellevue Way NE, the workshop instructors will meet you in the Forum at 4pm. You are welcome to park in the complimentary BAM garage. To access BAM parking, head North on Bellevue Way and it will be on your right, just before you reach the museum. The garage closes at 7:30pm on workshop dates.
Teen artists experience hands-on learning in a casual and supportive environment, and enjoy access to museum exhibitions, as well as opportunities to exhibit their own work at the annual Best of Gage show, and other exhibitions at Gage and BAM throughout the year.

Bellevue Arts Museum is a leading destination in the Pacific Northwest to experience art, craft and design. BAM engages the community through exhibitions, programs and publications featuring regional, national and international artists.

Image Gallery: Teen Art Studios @ Bellevue Art Museum

Photos by Courtney Chaney


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