Art Education

Artwork by Samyak Yamauchi

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 provides the opportunity for students to connect with member artists.  This 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.

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 runs 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.

Application is open until all spots filled.

Have questions? Contact our
Education Program Director

Interns can expect to learn all aspects of being a working artist, from cleaning to creating.

Intern has assisted by explaining steps in a mechanical or production process to studios visitors.

Student demonstrating the medium of the artist by creating their own project in real time during the tour.

Students contributing directly to an artist’s large scale project.

Greet the public and attend to refreshments and questions from visitors.

Valuable work experience for college application and resume.

Statement of hours participating with the artist as an intern. Potential to earn academic credit.

Opportunity to earn a letter of recommendation from their mentor.

The opportunity to work with professional artists in their studios.

Professional review of the student’s work and/or assistance in establishing an art portfolio.

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