After School Art

After School Art with free school pick-up or studio drop-off! Dynamic After School classes explore drawing, painting, fibers, construction, printing, pottery, and more! Choose 1-5 days per week with pick-up by 6:00pm, daily.

With nineteen + years of experience running comprehensive arts programming, our team of happy, organized and caring teachers make every afternoon a blast through studio time, snack (provided) and creative play. Outstanding art educators foster a whole-child approach through age-appropriate, skill-building challenges that develop creative thinking while alighting joy for the arts.

Registration is LIVE for 2023-2024 School Year!


  • How Does Registration Work?

    Register for After School Art online by selecting the day/s you need for the season. A 50% deposit is made upon registration with the remaining balance set to auto deduct in two future payments at week 4 and week 8 of the season.

    You will receive full information via email before any auto-deductions go through. The auto-deducted payments are new for the ‘23-’24 school year and will allow you to lock in your afternoon spot/s so that you can “set it and forget it”!

    We also send monthly First Friday emails with payment auto-deduct dates and upcoming important program dates and reminders. Call us to inquire about alternative payment schedules!

  • Free School Pick-up

    School pick-up is included with your After School Art registration! We pick up from local area schools at their dismissal time – check out our list of schools below, that we pick-up from!

    We safely orchestrate school pick-ups with our trained, full-time art teachers. Teachers escort kids on foot to studios, while kids attending schools further out are regularly bussed via Septa. Closer to the start of the program, you’ll receive an email confirmation with pick-up and program details. Don’t see your school? We may be able to add it, reach out to us! Families are welcome to drop off as well, after 3:30pm.

  • Pick-up Schools by Location
    • Fairmount
      St. Francis Xavier
      Independence Charter*
      Russell Byers Charter
      Van Drop-Off
    • Queen Village
      Independence Charter*
      Van Drop-Off
    • Mount Airy
      C.W. Henry
      Germantown Friends
      Greene Street Friends
      Germantown Jewish Centre

    * ICS Early Wednesday pick-up each season with ASA sign-up is $11/day. The early pick-up fee will be added to your art center account after the program starts.
    **We must have sufficient enrollment to do pick-up at any given school. Don’t See Your School? Call with interest!

  • ICS Early Wednesday Pick-up

    Independence Charter School (ICS) has early dismissals every Wednesday! When you register for Wednesday After School Art, we will assume your child will need early pickup.

    ICS Early Wednesday Pick-up is $11/day and the fee will be added on your art center account after the start of each ASA season.

    We’ll include reminders, along with other important information, in our monthly First Friday emails!

  • Dates, Rates + Policies

    2023 – 2024 Season
    Fall: Sept. 5 – Dec. 22
    Winter: Jan. 2 – March 31
    Spring: April 1 – June 14

    5 Days a Week: $35/day
    4 Days a Week: $37/day
    3 Days a Week: $39/day
    2 Days a Week: $41/day
    1 Day a Week: $43/day

    After School Art registrations are nonrefundable. Registrations are a commitment with staffing and materials planned well in advance.

    Cancellations can be accommodated up to 6 weeks before the program start. Registrations will be added onto your Art Center account as a credit, less a $50 processing fee.

    Changes in days of attendance can be accommodated, space permitting and with a $30 processing fee, no later than 10 days before the season start.

    Please reach out to us with any extenuating circumstances.

  • Required Forms

    Required for all new students and need to be returned for your program start date. Returning students should log into their Art Center account and update all contact information and medical information.

    Kids Enrollment Forms

  • No School Days

    When school’s out, we’re in! Full Day Vacation Camps are your plan B when there’s no school. Camp runs from 9am-3pm with Extra Care options available.

    View the schedule + register for Vacation Camp!

  • Tax ID #

    Receipts for any and all programs can be pulled from your online customer account. Please look there first before emailing for assistance.

    Our Tax ID# is 20-5802628

Early Dismissal Info

  • Half Day Vacation Camps (noon-3pm)

    Our Half Day camp schedule aligns with the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) calendar and are only offered on pre-scheduled early dismissal days. We are not able to pick-up on SDP emergency early dismissals due to heat, snow, etc… as staffing and studio space are not available on short notice.

    After School Families must pre-register online for Half Day camp from 12-3pm and pick-up is included. The school pick-up service is only for simultaneously enrolled After School families. Families may opt for any Half Day Camp, even if it is not your regular After School Art day. In this case, pick-up is by 3pm as studios are generally full post 3pm with folks that are enrolled in After School Art that day. Registration closes the week prior to Half Day Camp, or once full.

  • Can my child be picked up from school on Early Dismissal days?

    If your child is currently enrolled in After School Art and also registered for Half Day camp, they’re eligible for early school pick-up!

    Half Day Vacation Camp is a separate registration from After School Art and pre-registration is required.

  • If my child is not enrolled in After School Art, can we still register for Half Day camp?

    Yes! Registration is open to all but you must drop off your child at the studio. To be eligible for early school pick-up, kiddos have to be currently enrolled in After School Art.

  • My child currently attends After School Art but it’s not their regular after school day. Can we still register for Half Day camp with school pickup?

    Yes! Even if it’s not your registered after school day, you can still sign up for any Half Day camp with school pick-up. Parent pick-up is just by 3pm!

  • Is Late Care available?

    There is no Late Care for Half Day Vacation Camps. Pick-up is by 3pm unless it’s your child’s registered After School Art day, in which they can stay for their regular after school time till 6pm.

  • Registration

    The schedule for Vacation Camps for the entire school year opens online in August! Pre-registration is required and registration closes the week prior to camp, or once full.

    We are not able to pick up on unplanned early dismissal days for inclement weather or Kindergarten half days at the beginning of the school year.

    View the schedule + register for Half Day Vacation Camp!

Philly Art Center is a single purpose business that provides art instruction for children and adults through a range of programs including classes, camps and after school. Philly Art Center is not a child day care center. Enrolled participants should demonstrate interest in creative learning.