Become a Student

Imagine Yourself Here

Do you want to be a Marwen Student?

Whether you like to doodle during class, take photos on your phone, alter your clothes, or you already have experience in creating different types of art...Marwen has something for you.

Marwen is FREE of charge and welcomes students who meet all eligibility requirements. You’re eligible if you...
Are from under-resourced schools and/or communities and cannot afford to pay for art courses elsewhere
Live within the city limits of Chicago
Are in grades 6-12 and at least 11 years old by Sept 1
Self-elect to attend and actively participate
Can make art independently for up to 3 hours, for 10 classes

What will you find at Marwen?

Explore a variety of free courses taught by Chicago artists. Express your ideas and grow your skills in a welcoming environment whether you’re a beginner or have some experience.

Our Courses

  • Photography
  • Painting & Drawing
  • Ceramics
  • Film & Animation
  • Digital Design
  • Comic & Illustration
  • Sculpture
  • Fashion & Fiber
Marwen offers 100+ different courses each year to nearly 1,000 Chicago students.

College & Career

At Marwen, you don’t just get great art courses – we also help you plan for your future. From college visits, to one-on-one counseling, we offer guidance and resources to help you take those next steps.

Earn Enrichment Credit at Marwen

As a student, you may be eligible to earn enrichment credit when you take art classes at Marwen.

Fall 2019 New Student Orientation & Registration
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Marwen, 833 N. Orleans St
Considering becoming a Marwen student? Join us for New Student Orientation!
Marwen students and courses