Pour Your ART Out Apprenticeship


Pour Your ART Out (PYAO) transforms talented teens into Apprentice Artists to learn about art and develop job skills that can be used in any career. Apprentices work in teams on artwork for commissioned by an array of clients, as well as individual projects. In the process, they practice teamwork, professionalism, entrepreneurship, and countless other transferable skills.

Participants are selected after a rigorous application process. Once accepted, they become apprentices, earning a small training wage while employed in the creation of a commissioned work of art for a variety of public, private and non-profit organizations, including mosaic installations and three-dimensional assemblages in public buildings and spaces. The workshops meet at AOB’s Kensington, Maryland, studio both during the school year and the summer, with each session running 180 hours.

Apprentices explore the essential principles and elements of design and color theory, mastering relevant mosaic, painting or other technical skills, while generating ideas based on client expectations, spatial needs and budgets. Apprentices present their concepts, revise them in collaboration with the client, learn to manage project time and costs, and then ultimately construct the artwork and ready it for installation.

“When it’s done, it’s like, ‘Wow, I made this,’ and it’s a good feeling inside. That just really built my confidence.”

Pour Your ART Out is supported through the income generated by the commissioning and sale of artwork, and with grants from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and public and private contributions.

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Living in DC? Check out our PYAO program for DC youth!