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

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!

Art Books and Mini-Comics
Minh Nguyen

Self-publishing has a rich history in the United States and Pacific Northwest, from political pamphlets to do-it-yourself zines and zines that documented underground art and music scenes. In this class you will identify the topics most important to you — from poetry and personal writing, to comics and illustrations, to political issues — and explore the basics of creating handmade books both individually and collaboratively.

THINK BIG- Large Format Illustration

Taking inspiration from murals around the world, street art, graffiti artists and the city around us, explore the dynamic world of large format illustration. We will conduct visual and gestural studies using chalk.

Collage: Arranging Identity
Grace Flott

Tell the story of YOU with collage — an assemblage of magazines, photographs, drawings, paintings, and anything that can be glued together to form something new! We will use a variety of media to create a series of self-portraits that explore your rich personal history and advance your understanding of the principles of design.

Free Fridays with Teen Art Studios @ Bellevue Art Museum

Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Wy NE
Bellevue, WA 98004


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.

Portraiture in Place
Sarah Bixler

Using a variety of materials including collage, explore themes of identity and personal narrative. You will examine the work of contemporary and historic artists in order to develop your own artistic voice. Each week will explore different elements of art, including line and color.

Color Pencil Techniques
Sarah Bixler

Create colorful portraits using color pencils. Each week you will learn and apply the different elements that go into creating a compelling portrait using color and line. You will examine the work of contemporary and historic artists to inspire and inform your work.

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


Show your support for Teen Art Studios by making a donation today, and help Teen Art Studios share the arts with teens in our community!