In the spring, teens participating in our Teen Apprenticeship Program (TAP) typically spend time after school and on Saturdays with Studio Institute artists—gaining expertise in the fundamentals of art, learning how to instruct children in basic art lessons, and developing college readiness skills. Their commitment culminates in paid employment as art instructors at NYC summer camps.
This year, when life as we’ve known it has changed, we quickly adapted to these unforeseen changes, revamping the program to provide the apprenticeship training online and working with TAP students to create online art lessons for children.
The teen apprentices easily transitioned from in-person training to training via a digital platform, intuitively adjusting individual teaching styles to accommodate video media. We were impressed to watch as they developed a style similar to popular social media tutorials—but with the Studio skills, knowledge, and standards we expect of our professional teaching artists.
Starting July 7, TAP instructors will present live lessons on Zoom for students in grades K–2 and 3–5. Learning along with their peers —albeit from a distance —children will not only discover how to create collages, draw self-portraits, and more, but they’ll also have the opportunity to discuss their work in breakout groups.
Check out a sample lesson presented by teen artist instructor Jamie Wei:
Although the structure of the 2020 program is different from previous summers, teen artist apprentices are gaining new skills and learning how to teach art (online!), all while developing strong work habits and getting paid for their work.
Kudos to the 46 dedicated teen instructors who represent this year’s TAP team! We’ll be posting our young artists’ pre-recorded video lessons throughout the summer.