Teen Apprenticeship Program

Get Paid to Teach Art to Children

Hear what TAP participants have to say about their experience in 2020.

Each year NYC public high school students age 16 and over are offered the opportunity to improve their art making skills, build career readiness, and obtain a paid summer internship teaching art to children through Studio Institute’s Teen Apprenticeship Program (TAP).

TAP is a dual spring apprenticeship and summer internship program. Students earn their internship upon completion of an online apprenticeship that takes place on Saturdays. TAP apprentices engage in art making, participate in group discussions, learn how to write lesson plans, create pre-recorded videos, and practice teaching under the guidance of professional artists.

During the summer, teens typically work 20–25 hours per week. In 2020, teens worked collaboratively in production teams to create live online art lessons in collage, drawing, and painting, and then taught them to children ages 5–12.


Take a look at art lesson videos created by TAP participants last summer.

See more video lessons presented by our teen artists.


The application process for the summer 2021 program is now closed. Teens selected for this year’s program will began their apprenticeship training in February. 

Questions about TAP? Email: jcwilliams@studioinstitute.org