Teen Apprenticeship Program

Paid Summer Internships for Teens

The Teen Apprenticeship Program (TAP) is an innovative way for teens to explore careers in the arts and education while learning how to lead younger children in art-making classes—and furthering their own creativity and art-making skills.

Each year, TAP offers NYC high school students aged 16 and over an opportunity to obtain a paid summer internship teaching art to children. The program has two parts. During the spring apprenticeship, teens are immersed in the fundamentals of art-making as well as planning and leading classes for young learners.

Upon successful completion of the training program, students qualify for a paid internship teaching art workshops to children in summer camps. Throughout the program, teaching artists, college mentors, and program alumni offer guidance to students’ growth. TAP interns learn, get paid, and have fun.

This year, the spring apprenticeship is hybrid; most sessions will take place virtually, and some sessions are scheduled to take place in-person at the High School of Art and Design. Students train as apprentices with a Studio Institute artist instructor on Saturdays until early June, including two additional days during mid-winter and spring recesses.

Instruction includes building artmaking skills, writing lesson plans, facilitating group conversations, and practicing teaching. Students must be available for our virtual and in-person Saturday sessions and complete weekly self-guided work.

Applications for the 2022 Teen Apprenticeship Program are now closed. Check back early next year for information about TAP 2023!

In recent years, TAP students have created online art lessons in collage, drawing, and painting to children K–Grade 5. Watch the clip below to see moments of joy in teaching art to kids!

Take a look at selected art lesson videos created by TAP participants.
See more video lessons presented by our teen artists.

Questions about the Teen Apprenticeship Program?

Contact us: TAP@studioinst.org