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Artstart provides aspiring young artists in Sonoma County the opportunity to create public art that is placed throughout our communities, while learning professional skills and building a portfolio. Professional artists guide young artists though the process of meeting with clients, designing and creating the project, and installing the work.

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During the five week summer program, apprentices work under the mentoring guidance of professional artists who serve as role models and help them to experience art as a realistic profession or course of study. On the first day of the program, apprentices are assigned to commission projects based on a combination of their own interests and the Creative Director's recommendations based on submitted portfolios.


Apprentices learn important transferable employment skills while pursuing artistic excellence. Learning areas include: design, problem solving, creative thinking, collaboration, negotiation, meeting deadlines, client presentation, speaking skills, and timely completion of projects.


Young artists submit a portfolio that represents their best work for review, along with an application form that includes a brief statement of purpose. Professional artists review the portfolios and select those that demonstrate talent and dedication to developing arts careers or study. Chosen applicants receive a $500 scholarship for completing the Summer Program.


  • Ages 14 - 21 (as of June 18, 2019)

  • Must possess an interest in drawing and/or painting and a desire to broaden design skills.

  • Create a portfolio of 4 to 6 works and fill out the Application Form (portfolio sample and application in packet).

  • Drop off (mail slot in front door) or mail the portfolio and application to Artstart, 716 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Apprentice Job Responsibilities

Apprentice Application Packet 2019

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