Photography Lab program

Register today! 

We invite high school students to apply to the CAP Photography Lab program at CalArts. The CalArts CAP Photography Lab is a twelve- week program for high school students who are interested in learning about photography. This class is open to students of all skill levels. All equipment and materials will be provided. Classes are taught on campus by faculty from CalArts School of Art department alongside current CalArts students. The program ends with an exhibit of the students' work in May.

Transportation is available from designated pick up locations. Locations TBA.

Dates: February 17, 2024 - May 11, 2024. 

When: Saturday, 1pm-5pm 

Class Location: Calarts campus - photo lab 

Register here ---> CAP High School Photo Lab Program 2024 

If you have questions, please email the Program Manager, Alma Catalan

Sony Pictures Media Arts Program (SPMAP): Fall '23 - Spring '24

The Sony Pictures Media Arts Program (SPMAP) is a free after-school animation program offered through a partnership between the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the CalArts Community Arts Partnership, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and the Los Angeles Public Library. This class explores topics such as the principles of animation, animation history, comics, storyboarding, story development, character design, world building, stop motion, video creation, and much more!
SPMAP is open for students ages 11-17.  All supplies are provided and no previous experience is required. 

Registration for the 2023-24 school year is now closed. If you would like to learn more about SPMAP please visit the SPMAP website. If you would like to be notified when registration opens for the 2024-25 school year sign up here.

Class Sites & Times:

Wilmington Public Library: Saturdays 10AM-3PM
1300 N Avalon Blvd, Wilmington, CA 90744

Pacoima Public Library: Mondays & Wednesdays 4-7PM 
13605 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima, CA 91331

Watts Towers Arts Center Campus: Wednesdays 4-7PM & Saturdays 11AM-2PM 
1727 E 107th St, Los Angeles, CA 90002

William Reagh Photography Center/Teatro Frida Kahlo: Saturdays 11AM-4PM 
2332 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock: Tuesdays or Thursdays 4-7PM 
2225 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

SPMAP Online: Mondays and Thursdays, 4-7PM (Online Zoom Class)


Please send any questions to Program Manager Tara Burns at


CAPSA 2024 registration is now open! 

In partnership with Dorsey High School, CalArts Community Arts Partnership Summer Arts (CAPSA) offers free creative labs for high school students in Los Angeles County. CAPSA is hosted at the Dorsey High School campus located at 3537 Farmdale Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90016.

This summer eligible students can choose from animation, film, visual art (photography & printmaking), and music (music production ). Each creative lab is four weeks long and ends in a one-day student showcase. Lunch and supplies provided! 

Click here to register for CAPSA 2024 ​

For more program details, click here:  

Please direct any questions to Program Manager Alma E. Catalán at 


CAP x SCPL Summer 2024: Costume Design & Film

We invite you to sign up for our CalArts x SCPL Summer Workshops in Costume Design and Film! This summer program is presented by a partnership between the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and the Santa Clarita Public Library (SCPL). CAP is a program of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and offers free after-school and school-based arts programs for youth in every discipline taught at the Institute. 

Sign up for an eight-week workshop in either Film or Costume Design taught by CalArts alumni and students. Classes will be held from 4 - 7pm on Mondays from June 10 - July 29. Eligible participants must be at least age 11, reside in the Santa Clarita Valley area, and be a current student. Past experience is not required. Classes are 100% free. Classroom art supplies will be available for every student.

PLEASE REGISTER BY MAY 27. Some students  may be placed on a waitlist. You will be notified of your enrollment status and emailed class details by June 3 at the latest. Unfortunately students will not be eligible to enroll in both classes.


Class Locations, Times, and Capacity:

Workshop 1: Costume Design
This hands-on workshop explores topics such as fashion illustration, costume fabrication, working with sustainable materials, fabric identification, costume design history, and character design.
June 10 - July 29
Mondays, 4:00-7:00pm
Location: Teen Room, Old Town Newhall Library, 24500 Main St, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
Capacity: 12 students
Culmination Event: July 29
Workshop 2: Film
This workshop will focus on developing digital filmmaking skills.
June 10 - July 29
Mondays, 4:00-7:00pm
Room: Community Room, Valencia Branch Library, 23743 West Valencia Blvd, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Capacity: 15 students
Culmination Event: July 29


Register using this link. Questions? Reach out to Program Manager Tara Burns at or 661-253-7750.