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FREE CLASSES

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Take a free studio art class at MoMA. Join other teens to make art, work with contemporary artists, and create your own exhibition.

  • View and discuss modern and contemporary art
  • Learn new art-making techniques in a creative, supportive environment
  • Explore what happens behind the scenes at MoMA

In the Making

Free hands-on art classes for NYC high school students, ages 13–19. No experience necessary! MoMA provides all materials, food, studio space, and more. Each course meets once a week on either Tuesdays or Thursdays for 10 weeks, and culminates in a teen art show of participants' work. Applications are due January 8, 2015.

Download a PDF of the current application (Adobe Acrobat Reader required) or apply online.

Visit the MoMA Teens Tumblr or follow us at on Facebook to learn about other upcoming programs and opportunities for NYC teens.

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Spring 2015

CLICK@MoMA: Spatial/Augmented/Reality

Tuesdays, February 3–April 7, 4:00–6:30 p.m.
Using Music Production & Video Projection to Remix 3-D Space

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Taking inspiration from MoMA’s upcoming Björk retrospective, Spatial/Augmented/Reality explores the powerful connections between art making, music production, video, and sculpture. Working with artists Ali and Rafia Santana—whose work as part of the musical arts collective BKLYN!ZULU seamlessly blends DJing, performance, and video technology—participants in this course collaborate on the creation of a large-scale multimedia and multisensory installation. No previous music, video, or sculpture experience necessary! See the music and hear the visuals as we create a new artistic space for ourselves.

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Destroy Everything

Tuesdays, February 3–April 7, 4:00–6:30 p.m.
Tearing Things Down & Building Things Up

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Making things is great, but breaking them can be even better. Collaborate with sculptor Rotem Linial to investigate the strange, messy world of destructive art-making techniques—smashing, cracking, dropping, tearing, pushing, and pulling apart a bunch of preexisting objects to create even better artworks with their shattered remains. Break a bust, smack a sculpture, peel a painting—this materials-focused sculpture course revels in our destructive impulses, finding beauty in the blown up, and smashing down the impulse to be careful with our creations.

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Corpus Collectus

Thursdays, February 5–April 9, 4:00–6:30 p.m.
Breaking Up Bodies Using Large-Scale Stencils and Prints

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We think of our bodies as the sum of their individual parts, divided and organized by their usefulness and function—arms, legs, torsos, feet, hands, shoulders, necks, and more. But what if we used art techniques to get past our preconceived ideas about what a human body should look like and how its parts should be arranged? What if we worked big, stretching things out, cutting them up, and putting things where they don’t belong? Artist Yashua Klos oversees a modern day laboratory of printmaking, stenciling, anatomy studies, and more. These corpses are exquisite.

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I AM a God!

Thursdays, February 5–April 9, 4:00–6:30 p.m.
Artists, Obsession & the Cult of Celebrity Culture

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Kanye West said it. Andy Warhol knew it. Celebrities exist in a strange place within American popular culture, serving as both heroes and villains, muses and monsters. We love to watch their incredible successes, but we also love to watch their spectacular failures. And artists love to use celebs as subjects in their art, copping their auras and identities while transforming their carefully crafted public images in the process. Using star maps, fan mail, celebrity impersonators, and shrines as a visual starting point, multidisciplinary artist Adam Parker Smith oversees this tabloid-worthy descent into the world where art and fame collide.

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Fall 2014

Next-Gen New York

Online Course
The MoMA Teens Guide to What’s Happening Now

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Created by a group of MoMA Teens alumni, this four-week online art course takes participants on a journey to explore what’s happening NOW in New York City’s art scene. Take the subway with us to Brooklyn to see different artists’ studios. Discover new and non-traditional art-making techniques, and make your own artwork in response. Learn about the Museum’s collection and investigate the ways in which gender and sexuality are being upended by creative counterculturalists just like you. Gain VIP access to content that is only available to members of the course, and meet other creative young artists from around the world. This is a class on YOUR terms, made for you by a community of your peers. And you can take part in it anytime you want, day or night—it’s like having 24-hour access to The Museum of Modern Art!

Please note: The course is completely free of charge! All applicants must be 13-17 years old. No prior arts experience necessary. Course begins Saturday, November 1, 2014. Applications are due by Wednesday, October 29.

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Summer 2014

Artistic Elements

July 8–August 14, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Creating Art Using Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire

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From cave paintings to stone carvings, artists have been making their mark on the natural world for thousands of years. This summer, the natural world will make its mark on art. Using fossils, plants, wax, crystals, sand, mud, and more, participants will collaborate with artist Leah Wolff to explore the ways in which organic substances and natural objects can be updated and utilized as the raw materials for a complex and sophisticated series of artworks.

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Under the Spell of Mysterious Forces

July 8–August 14, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Magic, Illusion, and Performance-Based Art

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What happens when a performer undergoes an intense emotional and physical transformation and becomes someone completely different than who they used to be? How is the act of creating an artwork similar to that of pulling off a difficult illusion or fooling an audience with a well-crafted magic trick? Artist Alan Calpe will take participants through the strange, mysterious, and sometimes disturbing world of performance-based art, with detours through the realms of photography, video, and other types of two-dimensional art.

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CLICK@MoMA

July 8–August 14, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Babycastles Arcade—The Return!

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They’re baaaack! Following up on their immensely popular 2011 workshop, the mad scientists and gaming geniuses from Babycastles will return to The Museum of Modern Art, and this time, it’s personal. Participants will work alongside this creative collective to explore the world of independent video games, merging the worlds of modern art and cutting-edge digital design to find new modes of interaction and interface, and collaborate with a community of likeminded peers to create a fully functional video game arcade.

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Sculpture Boot Camp

July 8–August 14, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
An Intro to Making Everything…and More

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This summer, MoMA’s sculpture boot camp offers everything a young recruit will need to survive the world of three-dimensional art. Participants in this workshop will explore the creative techniques used by contemporary sculptors and learn the basics of a variety of processes, and then use those skills to create their own artistic masterpieces. Working under the guidance of sculptor Keith Mendak, studio members will gain hands-on experience in mold making, welding, papier mâché, and more.

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