Teen Assistant Internship

What is Artshack?


Artshack Brooklyn is a nonprofit ceramics and art studio. We offer classes, workshops & parties for all ages. We are located at 1131 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn NY.

We offer everything you can imagine relating to ceramics: hand building, wheel throwing, glazing, plaster mold making and slip-casting.

We believe in strengthening kids' critical-thinking abilities. At Artshack, kids learn that the design process, just like many things in life, is rarely a smooth succession of steps. The steps often overlap and blur, and their order is sometimes reversed—it's a creative, fluid way of working that is adapted to each individual situation. Although our students create beautiful lasting pieces, our focus is on skills rather than finished products


Artshack After School

Every weekday afternoon Artshack offers a course in ceramics just for kids! Typically at 4:00 pm while everyone arrives, we share stories and laughs over  a bowl of animal crackers & pretzels. Soon after, the instructor presents the day’s project, and demonstrates techniques. Children are guided through setting up their work space and provided with the necessary supplies. For the bulk of the class, the students work on their ceramic pieces.  Before dismissal at 5:30 pm, it is important that all the students participate in returning the space to its original, clean and orderly state.

Teen Assistant Internship 

The role of Teen Assistant is to provide support to the instructor and students in all aspects of AfterSchool at Artshack.

Teen Assistants are committing to one day a week 3:45 - 6:00 pm for our fall semester of after school

With occasional additional training sessions.



Help instructor prepare for class

  • Organize after school area

    1. Assemble snack

    2. Prepare clay for each student

    3. Prepare tools & additional materials if required

Facilitate the Afterschool experience for children

  • Give hands on support and guidance to children as they work on their ceramic pieces.

    1. Provide necessary supplies when required, through-out class

    2. Occasionally provide additional support to a child who may need a moment away from the project at hand.

    3. Support the needs of the instructor 

Help Instructor lead children in Clean up

  • Gain familiarity with the ArtShack studio and supply area to best assist students and instructor in returning all tools to their proper homes.

    1. Guide children through the process of putting away all their supplies and cleaning up after themselves

    2. Help make sure all the ceramic pieces are properly labeled with the child’s name & class day

Assist in Dismissal

  • Help children as they finish cleaning, while the instructor makes sure each child is accompanied by their adult as they leave.

    1. If cleaning is done, entertain students with fun or reading books. 

Final clean-up

  • Help the instructor with making sure the space is returned to its organized state

    1. Help bring finished pieces downstairs to be fired in the kilns


The ideal candidates for this position are enthusiastic creative teens who are interested in gaining work experience in a fun artistic environment. Important qualities are :

  • Between the ages of 12-18

  • Energetic and eager to help

  • Interest in making things with clay

  • Comfortable getting messy

  • Enjoys interacting with younger children

  • Excellent at following instructions

  • Takes initiative, finds ways to be helpful without needing to be asked

  • Experience with ceramics ideal but not necessary

  • Happy to help with cleanup


Teen Assistant Studio Membership:

In exchange for your hard work as a Teen Assistant, you will be granted a studio membership to artshack. You will share a shelf space with your fellow Teen Assistants and will be able to visit the studio whenever you want/are able. You will be given free clay and your firing fees will be waived. In addition to the above, teen assistants will be permitted to take one intro to the wheel class per month.

This means that you can come to Artshack in your free time and make whatever you want : ))))

We are happy to write positive reflections & recommendations for college and high school applications.


How to Apply:

Applications for the Fall 2019 semester will be available in the summer. Please check back soon!

Questions: sam@artshackbrooklyn.org