All programs and schedules subject to change

due to Covid-19.


Applicants are required to submit a portfolio with 5-10 images of their work along with their applications. Apprentices are given a cash stipend of approximately $250 per session.

These can be images of work you’ve done independently or for an art course. We are looking to get an idea of your skill level in various mediums, your creativity, your eye for design, etc. 

These images must be printed out, one image per page.  For each image, please list on either a facing page or on the back: the title, the medium usedand the date completed. If it was created for a course, please include the course title. Each session we have different commissions lined up for apprentices to work on, and we try to select apprentices whose interests and skill levels fit well with these jobs. 


Thus, prioritize showcasing work that you are proud of, but also try to include images of artwork in more than one medium. This will show us your range of skills and may qualify you for more projects we are working on!


DUE TO COVID-19 session dates are subject to change

Please place all application materials in a large envelope and either place in the Artstart mailbox on 317 Sutton Place, or call to schedule a time to bring your application in to our warehouse and to meet the Artstart team. This will give you a chance to meet the Lead Artists you might be working with during the Summer Program, see the workspace, and observe some of our current projects. 


Due to the current circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are accepting digital portfolios. To submit digitally, please send full color images of your work to our email (info@artstart.us) with the requested information in the title of each image, or in the body of the email (title, medium, date, course).


Portfolios will be juried by the Creative Director and Lead Artists. Each session, we accept 5-7 apprentices.

Logistics of our program to keep in mind when applying:


Please email or call to inquire about the next confirmed session’s dates.


Artstart is located at 317 Sutton Place, off Standish Rd., off the Todd Rd. Exit from Highway 101.


Currently, we are holding one-on-one apprenticeship sessions every other month. During these sessions, each apprentice is assigned to a lead artist and will work with them to complete an assigned job. Jobs are private and public commissions secured by Artstart, with a client and deadline.


Hours are Tues/Weds/Thurs, 2pm to 6pm, each week. Apprentices are expected to treat this like a job. You are expected to be on time and ready to go each day at 2 pm. 

Apprentices are given a cash stipend of approximately $250 per session.


There is an option to attend from 4 pm to 6 pm and do a “half” apprenticeship if your distance learning schedule does not allow for the full afternoon schedule.

If you know you have to miss a day for an important reason, please tell your lead artist ahead of time so they can plan on your absence that day. You will also need to make up the days you miss; otherwise your pay will be prorated.

Click the link to the right to download the application, and be sure to have read all submission instructions