Art Education

Artwork by Samyak Yamauchi

Intern Claire Peterson at Leah Kohlenberg's studio

Dennis Meiners with intern Tony Criado

As a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization our mission is to foster a direct relationship with the public through education about the process of art making and its importance to industry and community. 

For Students & Educators we offer:

An Educational Internship program. Local area high school juniors and seniors, as well as college level students, are invited to apply.

Our Internship program serves as a valuable window into a working artist’s studio-life and presents the potential for lasting, mutually beneficial relationships between students and artists. Students are connected with member artists for individualized mentorship. 

Our internship program gives students the experience of being a working artist:

From cleaning to creating, our interns have

  • helped maintain a studio space
  • assisted with establishing a new product line for an artist
  • delivered postcards and posters promoting upcoming shows and events
  • greeted visitors and answered questions about work or process
  • learned to use new software and mobile apps related to transactional sales and the marketing aspects of owning a business

Interns benefit from this partnership:

Internships are commonly added to the resumes of high school and college students for potential job opportunities and college applications.

Our interns will receive a statement of hours they participated with the artist as their intern, some schools will apply this as academic credit. It is the responsibility of the student to understand their school’s requirements.

Mentors and interns are developing a working relationship that has long-term potential. Having positive role models and personal references are highly beneficial for college applications and entering the workforce.

Students that have already developed many art pieces have the added potential of working with a professional artist to hone their portfolio and further develop their work. Understanding how to present a portfolio to juried shows, colleges, and galleries is a major advantage for emerging artists.

Educational Internship

High School Juniors, Seniors, and College level students are welcome to apply to be mentored by a participating local artist.

The program begins on May 1, 2017, and Interns are working with artists through October 31, 2017.

Interns are expected to assist their mentor a minimum of 4 hours during the Tour dates.

Artist mentors work with their interns to develop short and long term goals and specific objectives for the internship.

Our intern applications have closed. 

Have questions? Contact our
Education Program Director

Portland Open Studios began an unpaid educational internship program in 2009 to connect local students with member artists.

Interns work with the artist prior to the tour dates to develop an understanding of the artist’s medium. During the tour the intern assists the artist with one or more aspects of the studio experience.

Local area high school juniors and seniors, as well as college level students, are invited to apply.

Helpful Documents for Parent/Guardians and Interns

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Supporting Art for Schools

We believe that The Arts are a vital part of education. This year we are looking for an Education Sponsor to assist us with the costs of delivering Guides to Schools.

Please contact if you or your business would like to sponsor one or more schools to receive printed tour guides. Please read about becoming a sponsor or email us. We love to acknowledge the support we get by adding your logo to the Tour Guide and on our website.

2017 Navigation app (FREE) – Expected availability: September, 2017