From ongoing Saturday classes to Summer Teen Studios, emerging young artists can find plenty of guidance and serious art instruction at the Art Students League of Denver. In addition to these teen programs, students ages 16+ are welcome to take adult classes (with parent permission) and are invited to join our teen art community on Fridays for Teen Studio Nights @ ASLD!

Creative Drawing from Reference Images | Karl Poulson
All Abilities

  • This class will explore how reference photographs can be used to create a painting or drawing of the impossible. Artists sometimes see complex and surreal visions in their mind they would like to depict and often times painting directly from the imagination isn’t enough. Many artists throughout history have gone to great lengths to find references for their work, luckily we have Google these days. With a strong focus on building technique and developing observational skills, we will paint and draw from bits and pieces of photographs to create an original and otherworldly image. After all, sea serpents can’t model for us!

Tuesdays, Oct. 2 – Nov. 20 | 6-9pm

Karl Poulson

Teen Studio Night | Karl Poulson and Ashley “Z” farrell
All Abilities

Enrich and deepen your individual artistic voice by participating in a community of artists who want to venture beyond where school art classes go. Guided by individual instruction, learn to think creatively and critically about what inspires you. Consider the influence music and other media can have on the creative process, and drawing on these and other sources, learn how to communicate and express your ideas visually.

Year-round, Fridays, 6-9pm

Pay per session. Materials and dinner provided.

Register online or call 303-778-6990×0.

Karl Poulson

Adult Ongoing Classes and Workshops

The Art Students League also welcomes high school students 16 years or older to explore our adult classes and Open Figure Studys. Students ages 16 and 17 must have a signed parental release form on file in the office. Our ongoing classes and workshops provide students greater opportunities to specialize in areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and other media.

Summer Teen Studio

We offer a range of summer studios for teens which run for one to two weeks providing a more intensive study of a particular medium or technique. Workshops are offered as morning and afternoon sessions. 

Click HERE to learn more about summer KidART Camps and Teen Studios.

Join our Board of Directors as a Youth Representative

This is a great way to get involved in Denver’s exploding fine arts community and also to fulfill high school graduation requirements for volunteer work. Click here for requirements and application details.


We offer youth and teen scholarships! Visit our Scholarships page for more information and updates.

****By registering your child for class, you authorize ASLD to use your child’s artwork and/or photo in future League marketing/promotional materials, including electronic formats.