High School Apprentice Training Program 

Summer 2018 High School Apprentices and summer interns learn about mentorship and collaboration. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

As one of the original programs of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, the High School Apprentice Training Program (HSATP) offers students the opportunity to learn all aspects of hand screenprinting on fabric in FWM’s professional studios. Hand screenprinting is an art form as well as an industrial skill, and the program is designed to provide students with new tools for artistic expression and self-empowerment. Students from the Philadelphia area are encouraged to apply.

Meeting two to three afternoons per week during fall and spring 12-week sessions, apprentices have the unique opportunity to create their own hand screenprinted textiles—designing and printing one-color repeat yardage—while building entrepreneurial and collaborative skills. The summer 8-week session offers an opportunity for apprentices to gain a deeper understanding of museum operations, including training in public speaking, giving tours, and visiting local art institutions. For high school students, the apprenticeship is job training as well as an educational experience, and students earn minimum wage for their time. Students also receive portfolio and career guidance from artists and studio staff. 

HSATP was created to provide exceptional art education for teenagers from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds, with the specific goal of offering an opportunity unavailable to students in their schools. FWM’s objective is to complement school resources and improve art education for high school-age students in the Philadelphia region.

The application process includes an interview, to which each student will be asked to bring a portfolio containing at least five samples of recent artwork. 

Session Dates & Application Deadlines

Spring 2020 Session
February – May
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

Summer 2020 Session
Late June – Early August
Application Deadline: June 1, 2020

Fall 2020 Session
Late September – Early December
Application Deadline: September 15, 2020

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Completed applications can be sent via e-mail to [email protected] or postal mail. Please note: applications sent by postal mail must be postmarked on or before deadline.

Mailing address:
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Attn: High School Apprenticeship Coordinator
1214 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Questions? Please contact [email protected] or call 215.561.8888.