Please visit our Education for Kids and Education for Adults page as many instructors offer these classes for a wide age range and instruction is also appropriate for teens!

Thank you to Austin Zucchini Fowler for mentoring the interns in painting our Strongmont Mural in Spring 2021.  Visit the Mural in the alleyway to the East of the Firehouse Art Center!

Studio Project

Applications are OPEN!

Please contact Elaine Waterman, Studio Project Coordinator, at
or with any questions.


Application Deadline: Spring Application date TBA- spots limited!

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) in collaboration with Firehouse Art Center are currently accepting applications for The Studio Project Teen Program. The program is open to all 9th – 12th graders in Boulder and surrounding counties. Created in 2007, the Studio Project provides purposeful engagement in the arts and in social issues for high school aged youth. 

The 2021-22 Studio Project teen program will run both Fall and Spring semesters. Students may apply for one semester or both. Weekly meetings will rotate to be held both virtually and in person in Boulder at BMoCA, and in Longmont at Firehouse Art Center.

Each semester, throughout the program teens will: 

  • Explore various art making styles and mediums;
  • Select guest artists who will guide their art explorations;
  • Discuss social justice issues affecting them directly and/or indirectly;
  • Create opportunities to impact their communities; and
  • Share their work and ideas with other teens.

At weekly meetings, teens will discuss issues they are passionate about (such as the environment, equality, body positivity, etc.); research guest artists to serve as mentors who will work with them to create a body of artwork; and plan community service projects with local nonprofits. At the end of each semester, participants will design and host a teen-focused event or art exhibition.

Participants can receive a letter of recommendation upon completion of the Studio Project program which can be used for college applications if merited. Many 12th graders are able to use this program toward completing their senior level project. Note: This program is unpaid

Time Commitment
Weekly meetings on Tuesdays for Fall Semester (Wednesdays for Spring Semester) from 5:30-7 pm starting September 14, 2021. Additional work outside of regularly scheduled meetings may be needed to complete art and other program tasks. Over each semester, participants are asked to volunteer a total of 5 hours at BMoCA or Firehouse Art Center or with the non-profit associated with the project. An end of semester art event will be held in person at BMoCA.

How to apply:

Complete the online application here:
Deadline for applications…  Spring application dates TBA
Virtual interviews with the program coordinator will take place ____.
The Studio Project is funded by these generous sponsors:
Georgie Fund, Anita Sayed, Luff Family Foundation, Studio B Architects, FirstBank, Art Parts Creative Reuse Center


With an art internship, you can start building an art career today. While art school provides a strong educational foundation for a career in the arts, you need to develop real-world skills to be successful. As an intern, you’ll cultivate your talent as you learn from accomplished professionals, while assisting in hanging exhibits, planning events, assisting in art education, and designing materials. The Firehouse Art Center Internship offers students a hands-on gallery, event and art education experience. The gallery is looking for individuals who demonstrate good problem solving skills, are capable of working independently and as a team player, and are eager to learn and grow! The internship will run monthly starting in June with an option to continue in July and August.

Qualifications: High school or high school graduate (prefer rising high school junior, senior, or high school graduate, but accepting all high school applications) with interest in fine art, art education, advertising, graphic design, or related field. An interest in modern and contemporary art is essential, as are excellent communication skills—both written and spoken. Interns should be available to work 8-15 hours per week. Students desiring service hours or academic credit for their internship must make appropriate arrangements with their high school.

Desirable skills: Enjoys the creation of art and talking about art in its many forms.

Required application materials
Fill out the application
Portfolio with at least 1 piece and up to 4 (visual, musical, performance, written) to demonstrate a strong interest in creating and appreciating art.

Applications will reopen on 3/1/2022.  Please email the application materials to by 5/25/2022. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
We look forward to getting to know you!

Summer Teen Internship

Applications will reopen 3/1/2022!

Please contact Elaine Waterman at
with any questions.

“Tangled Hearts” (age 11 and up – grown ups too!)

2 hr|$40

January 23, 2022, 10:00 AM

We will be creating a Tangled Heart using the Zentangle method. After learning a few new tangles and filling out a heart shape, you will be able to take home your creation! (for age 11 and up) $40 for the 2 hour class. Please bring your own supplies (I will have some available for purchase, too) Materials will be provided. To register, please go up to the first section and sign up! “The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns (tangles). It is a proven method for mindfulness, fosters self-esteem, focus, relaxation, and stress reduction. And it’s fun! People of all ages and skill levels around the world now create Zentangle Art.” – Founders Rick Roberts & Maria Thomas.

More classes on the adult and kids pages!

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Coil Up and Relax- Handbuilding class for adults/teens

A simple and laid back class that we will be creating a ceramic basket from clay!

In this adult class we will be creating a multi-functional ceramic basket using the coil hand building method. This unique process can create some very striking and whimsical pieces, perfect for fruit on your kitchen table or to hold toiletries. The choice is yours!

The first class we will go over the basic technique of coil building and the various ways you can alter your project to suit your needs. As well as build our baskets using clay strips and a bowl form.

The second class we will be glazing and decorating our baskets!

The final fired piece will be ready for pick up 7 to 10 days after the last class.

Open studio time is available if additional time is needed.

The class is geared towards adults, but teens are welcome too. Some snacks will be available and feel free to bring a drink for yourself.

Sign up!

Nov 10 and Nov 17- 6pm-8pm