Become an Apprentice!

Due to an overwhelming response and an abundance of applications, we are closing the application period for the Summer TAP apprenticeship program. Please check back later in the summer for more information about the Fall apprenticeship program.

For questions, please contact Lead Teaching Artist Melissa Ezelle at

The Apprentice Program (TAP, formerly Pour Your ART Out) is a free summer intensive workshop for creative high school students in the DMV who have a passion for visual arts. This program, which has been running for 17 years, is held in person at AOB’s studio in Silver Spring. Apprentices are paid with an educational stipend or can earn Student Service Learning hours (SSL). As an apprentice, you will train in art, job, and life skills while meeting and collaborating with creative peers. Many apprentices return each year to participate in the summer and/or school year programs to advance in their training. After graduating high school, apprentices are eligible in the fall to apply for our Studio Crew team, where they can further their career development while completing AOB commissions. 

Sign up to join this fun, creative team! 

Who can apply:
  • Anyone currently in high school;
  • Has a passion for creating visual art
  • Wants to share creative work and enjoys working in teams;
  • Can commit to our program schedule

June 30-July 29, M-F (except for week #1, Th/Fri only.) Times will be Noon-4 PM or Noon-5 PM each day (varies weekly.)  No session July 4.


TAP will meet in person at our studio at 900 Wayne Ave, Ste 1A in Silver Spring. There will be NO ONLINE SESSIONS.

What will you do:
  • Make new friends!
  • Earn a stipend or SSL hours
  • Strengthen your visual art skills (practice art basics like Elements of Art, Color Theory, and Composition)
  • Learn a new visual art discipline—mosaic tiling (or strengthen what you know)
  • Learn basic skills in digital drawing in ProCreate (using an Ipad Mini and Apple Pencil that will be provided)
  • Create a resume, practice interviewing and presentation skills
  • Learn about a variety of creative careers from visiting professionals
  • Gain valuable experience working as a team and collaborating on projects
  • Special projects this summer include fabrication of the Diamond Farms Skate Spot Commission in Gaithersburg
How to Apply:
  • The application period has now closed.
  • First you’ll fill out the online application.
  • Next, you’ll receive an email from Arts on the Block letting you know if you will advance to the next stage. Remember to check your email!
  • The email will explain how to set up a virtual interview with the AOB Teaching Artist team – this is a low-stress way for us to get to know you, and for you to learn more about the Apprentice Program
  • During the interview, you will share some examples of your artwork and we’ll ask you some basic questions about your art interests and experience
  • After your interview, we’ll contact you by early June to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
Apprentices working on Wheaton Tower commission
Still Life by Renee
Digital painting by Mariam

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