The classes we offer differentiate from most classes by colliding STEAM diciplines with each other. Practical examples would be highlighting the science in culinary art, capturing the beauty of scientific experiments through photography or engineering structures we use in photography sets. Since we are art-centric, each individual class or discipline generally culminates in a photography project that captures (demonstrates?) the visual component of the lesson thought in class. This unique approach accelerates academic progress and promotes a future filled with opportunity for our students.
FP challenges students to create. FP challenges students to bring their studies to life. Our teachers bring decades of experience in applied sciences, culinary arts, and graphic design. Our teachers are passionate about the world outside of the classroom and they share this passion in the programs they teach.
We Employ Professionals
Our teachers are experts in their field. We employ and are run by professionals that have real world experience. They are optimally equipped to demonstrate their knowledge and challenge students to dream big.
We teach with the help of guest Teachers
Guest teacher-run classes introduce underserved students to possible career options.
Dr Surles, Entomologist, Dr Emmett- Chemist, Dr. Feeser- Mechanical Engineer, Daniel Sato- Photographer, Joe Del Tufo-Photographer, Dr Tanner- Mechanical Engineer, Chef (Head chef Kicheline), Stephanie Petrillo- Sensory Science Researcher at Unilever, Rick Heldag0- Contemporary Artist, Margeret Bowland- Renowned Painter, Matt- Printed Solid, Trader Joe’s-Cooking Class, UD-Aiche – Engineering Class, Gerulyn Morris- Air Force Veteran, Toby Beybaerry Farms- Organic Farming, Samuel Seo DCH- Harbory Class,
We invite professionals to join our class and conduct hands-on activities related to their field. Are you a professional who would like to teach a class? Please click here to contact us.
There are three kinds of classes FP offers:
- After-school programming at local schools and organizations,
- Free weekend classes in the FY studio to underserved local youth (For free weekend programming please sign up to our newsletter to stay posted on future classes),
- Private lessons to anyone that is interested in bringing our programs to new audiences.
We have a brick and mortar photo studio where students have the opportunity to use professional equipment in our classes, which is rare for underprivileged youth. Students learn key creative and technical skills by running a photography production highlighting elements such as concept development, lighting, perspective, and composition. Learning skills that are involved in a successful photography production enhances a student’s ability to focus, problem-solve, collaborate, and display discipline. Our students also learn about different career opportunities in the arts. During our projects students participate in the capacity of creative director, set designer, modelling, art director, and /or photographer. Studies have shown that low-income students who participate in the arts are 4 times more likely to obtain academic achievement and twice as likely to graduate college. Additionally, studies have found that 8th graders from under-resourced environments who are highly involved in the arts have better grades, are less likely to drop out by grade 10, and are more likely to go on to college*1. (*1Catterall, J. (2009) Doing Well and Doing Good by Doing Art. I-Group Books)
we expand on the importance of science by identifying how science is used in our daily lives. Our students are exposed to biology, chemistry, earth science, food science, and physics. Students often photograph their science experiments. Integrating science and engineering into art is a aesthetically pleasing way to capture the creativity of our students. Our students learn to appreciate the beauty of science and understand the world they live in with a unique artistic perspective. We measure the success of our Science and Engineering programs through pre and post testing. Students are given a pretest with questions pertaining to subject manners which will be covered through our programming. At the end each session, students are given the same test. Our approach has proven very successful. Students had a 33% increase in our pre and post testing.
Our engineering program is designed to promote and develop the creativity and ingenuity of our students. Students participate in a series of introductory builds in which they design, build, and test their prototypes. Our Engineering program is designed to promote and develop the ingenuity of our students. Throughout the year we work with Engineering professionals to introduce our students to the 40 different types of engineering degrees available. Students often incorporate their engineering projects into their photography sets.
Delaware is the 20th most obese state in the U.S. for children with a childhood obesity rate of 32%. (Alliance for a Healthier Generation) Our cooking class participants prepare cuisines from around the world introducing them to new tastes and cultures. Our classes focus on low cost, nutritious, and easy to prepare recipes. We educate our students in nutrition, food science, mathematics, following directions and self-sufficiency. As with the rest of our programs, we implement our cross curriculum philosophy and combine these classes with science and photography. Students use the same ingredients in our Science 4youth to conduct experiments as we use to create recipes in cooking. Our students participate in food photography and also learn about photojournalism as they photograph our younger students preparing their recipes during class.
AfterSchool & Summer Programming
We can tailor each of our programs and its duration to meet your needs.
Any organization can hire us to teach our after school programs at their location. We can customize our classes and create any combination to meet your requirements. Our programs have been made available to the following locations:
- Thomas Edison Charter School,
- First state school
- Walnut YMCA,
- Bellevue Community Center
- Central YMCA.
Be creative and explore photography, science, and engineering with us.
We offer free Saturday programming at our studio on Saturdays from 10:30AM to 12PM for qualifying youth ages 10-16. Our current class is at max capacity.
We offers highly engaging specialty programs beyond our everyday classes. In these programs we offer engaging ways to teach STEAM , stimulate teamwork, and facilitate quality family time.
If you are interested in a private event for groups related to our programming, contact us for further information.
We also offer exclusive personalized lessons to anyone looking to enhance their knowledge in photography and post production in our photo studio and classrooms. Additionally, our professionals can work with your child to help build and prep portfolios for those interested in applying to art school. Contact us for pricing.