Youth Programs

Cultivating creativity, ingenuity and a love for art history in our youth through classical, academic art education.


Classical training in drawing and painting for children between the ages of 7 and 14.

Rigorous training combined with creative compositional projects ensures that your child will leave our program with a strong base in classical drawing and painting.

This program is not designed to send children home with completed complex artworks – it is designed to ensure that your child learns the skills necessary to be a successful aspiring artist able to express themselves.

In addition to technical training in drawing and painting, your child will be introduced to many areas of art history they may be unfamiliar. We give them in-depth art history lectures, go on museum trips (*depending on COVID-19 regulations, infection numbers, and travel restrictions), and much more.

Our goal is to nurture your child’s creativity and mind by exploring all aspects of art.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be introduced to constructive academic drawing
  • Students will understand how to show an object’s volume in their drawings accurately.
  • Students will be introduced to and learn how to use the following materials: graphite pencil, charcoal pencil, gouache paint, and oil paint (the use of oils will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the student’s age. Students must be at least 13 years old to use oil paint).
  • Students will understand the daily exercises they complete in an art historical context. They will be able to memorize most objects they draw.


  • Students will be expected to enroll for the full academic year. Month-to-month study is not available.
  • Mid-year registrations are accepted for new enrollments only.
  • SPACE WILL BE LIMITED TO 15 STUDENTS PER CLASS. All other students interested will be added to the waitlist.
  • Holidays will be included in our schedule. PAA follows school closure and Holiday breaks. Review our academic calendar for more details.

General Registration Countdown

2024/06/03 01:00:00

Available Sessions

2023-2024 Academic Year


MS. KELSEY – Session 1 @ 138 Nassau St 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (spaces available)

MS. AYA – Session 1a @ 10 Nassau St 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (spaces available)

MS. KELSEY – Session 2 @ 138 Nassau St 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (spaces available)



MS. AYA – Session 3 @ 10 Nassau St 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (spaces available)




Our college portfolio preparation course is designed to help students build a well-rounded body of work that has its base in technical skills. We focus on teaching strong drawing and painting skills while encouraging students to place themselves creatively in their work to produce a unique portfolio.

Whether your child plans to attend an art school or hopes to supplement their college application by showing their passion, this program has you covered.

Our students have attended ivy league schools, schools of architecture, and some of the most prestigious art colleges both in the United States and abroad.

Students create both works from observation in addition to creative pieces from imagination. Rigorous training ensures our student’s breadth of knowledge in classical forms and art history is vast.

Having a base of training in Academic realism allows students to use their creativity through a well-informed lens. We want our students to be able to go to college feeling prepared for the journey ahead, ready to complete any project thrown at them their first year.

We also provide college seminars to familiarize students with their application options.

This program is for students who want to learn classical art, advance their skills during the application process and prepare themselves for the rigorous College experience.

We are here as professional instructors, guiding students through successes and failures in their work.

It is up to the student to prioritize their portfolio and other things they are doing to prepare for college.


  • Standard Registration
  • AP Art add-on Registration.
    • Students MUST register for this program to create artwork for AP courses.
    • Students MUST inform their AP coordinator at the start of the school year if they plan to take AP Art, specifically AP Drawing. The registration deadline is generally November 1st, and missing this deadline means being unable to take the exam in May.


  • Students will be expected to enroll for the entire Academic year.
  • SPACE WILL BE LIMITED. All other students interested will be added to our waitlist.
  • Holidays will be included in our schedule.

For AP Art registration and College Portfolio Prep/ AP Art Dual Course registration, email our enrollment team directly at ””

General Registration Countdown

2024/06/03 01:00:00

Available Sessions

2023-2024 Academic Year


Session 1: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Session 2: 2:00 pm – 5:00pm

PAA Alums Attend Top Art Schools...
  • Art Colleges & Universities in the US

    • Rhode Island School of Art & Design
    • Ringling College of Art & Design
    • The New School’s Parsons School of Design
    • Pratt Institute
    • Fashion Institute of Technology
    • Cooper Union
    • Maryland Institute College of Art
    • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    •  & more
  • Colleges & Universities with Art Programs

    • Cornell University
    • Brown University
    • Carnegie Mellon University
    • Syracuse University
    • WU St. Louis
    • Rutgers
    • & more
  • International Art Schools

    • Concordia University
    • Parsons PARIS
    • & more

Register via PAA's Youth Course Catalog Below