About Education + Apprentices

The Fabric Workshop and Museum offers many opportunities for students, teachers, and families to have a more exciting and educational experience during their visit. See more information about our many programs and tour offerings in the pages below.

Nelly Tchato printing her final design. Summer 2014. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

High School Apprentice Training Program

As one of the original programs of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, the High School Apprentice Training Program offers students the opportunity to learn all aspects of hand screen-printing on fabric. In FWM's professional studios, students design and print their own fabric yardage and assist staff in the production of artist residency projects. Hand screen-printing is an art form as well as an industrial skill, and the program is designed to provide students with new tools for artistic expression and self-empowerment.
Students from the Philadelphia area are encouraged to apply to the High School Apprentice Training Program. In two or three afternoons over 12 weeks, high school apprentices design and print a one-color repeat yardage, and assist in all areas of the studio. For high school students, the apprenticeship is job-training as well as an educational experience, and students earn minimum wage for their time. Students also receive portfolio and career guidance from artists and studio staff.

The High School Apprentice Training Program was created to provide excellent art education for teenagers from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds, with the specific goal of offering an opportunity unavailable to students in their schools. FWM's objective is to complement school resources and improve art education for high school age students in the Philadelphia region.

The application process includes an interview with the Apprentice Coordinator, to which each student must bring samples of his or her work, such as: drawings, a portfolio, or journal of recent artworks. To apply, please complete an application form and return it by the appropriate deadline to:

Apprentice Coordinator
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2816

Summer 2014 Apprentice Axel Gracia-Castro printing his three color design with Kurina Sohn. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

College and Post-Graduate Apprentice Training Program

Students and post-graduates from the U.S. and abroad are invited to apply to the College and Post-Graduate Apprentice Training Program. Full-time and part-time positions are available to these applicants for advancing their own art training while participating in the daily operations of the FWM studio and museum.

Students design and print an one-color and a three-color repeat yardage, and assist with projects in the artist studio, print production, archives, and administrative departments. Students also have the opportunity to give a short lecture on their own work, visit area cultural organizations, and work with visiting artists-in-residence.

FWM actively recruits a diverse pool of candidates, with a special emphasis on international students. Recent apprentices have come to FWM from nearly every state in the U.S., as well as from Japan, Ghana, South Korea, Germany, Finland, Kenya, Great Britain, France, India, and China.
Application requirements:
  1. completed online application questionnaire
  2. 20 work samples (attached as .jpg, .tiff, or .pdf; images should be sized to 4 x 6 inches, 300 dpi)
  3. slide description form (attached as .pdf or .doc)
  4. resume (attached as .pdf or .doc)
  5. two letters of recommendation (to be mailed separately by recommending parties)

Application to Summer 2015 Session

Candidates are asked to bring samples of their work to the interview.

Supporting materials must be postmarked on or before the corresponding deadline.
Apprentice Coordinator
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2816

Tamagawa University students conduct a traditional Japanese textile techniques workshop (2011) in FWM print studio. 

Study Tours

These unique tours lead K-12 students through current FWM exhibitions and professional studios. Tours are open to all age groups and last approximately 45 minutes. Educators can also arrange multiple visits for their classes, enabling teachers to better incorporate their interactions with FWM into their curricula. Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance, and groups may request a specific type of tour. Title l qualified schools are invited to inquire about Bus Grants and free admissions. A limited number of grants are available to assist schools on a first come first served basis. Admission charge $3.00 per person. tours@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org / 215.561.8888 x247 to schedule a tour.

Community Partnership School 5th graders with screenprinted flag designs.

K-12 On-site Studio Programs

The On-site Studio program extends art-making activities that take place through the Apprentice Training Programs and its Artist-in-Residence program to the school environment. A FWM-trained teaching artist works with a class of school students (K-12) and their teacher, meeting once each week over a period of six weeks, to facilitate a collectively designed hand screen-printed fabric. Two of these meetings will take place at FWM, the first focusing on screen-printed repeat design and exploring FWM's current exhibition and the final visit to print the students' collaborative design with assistance from the teaching artist. The finished project will be a 15-yard hand screen-print that derives from the schools' curricula and is designed by students. When possible, FWM provides bus grants to defray the cost of schools' transportation to the Museum. Please email tours@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org for more information.

Skidmore College faculty learn about recent Artist-in-Residence projects from Master Printer Mary Anne Friel. 

Teacher Programs

Online Curriculum

The Online Curriculum provides teachers with visual and written materials to support the use of FWM's unique exhibitions and collections in the classroom. These lessons can be used to develop concepts and themes related to specific classroom curriculum or to contemporary art in general.

Using the Online Curriculum can help teachers prepare students for a museum visit by providing information about the themes and ideas within FWM's permanent collection, and assist educators in developing classroom lessons focusing on contemporary art. Designed primarily for K-12 grade educators and students, it is organized into Four Themes that are age-appropriate.

Visit online curriculum

Evenings for Educators

Evenings for Educators are offered each Fall and Spring semester and are designed to stimulate educators' interactions with FWM and with their peers. Teachers and arts professionals can step outside of the classroom to explore how contemporary art, and FWM programs in particular, can enliven classroom discussions and activities. Evenings for Educators will demonstrate ways for educators and their students to become involved in FWM's school-museum collaborations including Study Tours, the Apprentice Training Program and internships. Educators can learn the basics of silkscreen printing or other printmaking techniques and have a tour of the exhibitions on view in this informative session.
Please email tours@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org for more information.

Youth participants engaged at The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s (FWM) hands-on educational Family Workshop event, Let's C What Happens, Saturday, February 11, 2012 celebrating Nick Cave, Let's C exhibition, held in the Museum’s print studio. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño.

Family Programs

FWM Family Programs are designed for families to explore and learn about contemporary art in new and exciting ways. Using FWM's exhibitions and unique studio environment as a foundation for learning, Family Programs feature hands-on activities designed to spark interest, arouse curiosity, and encourage children and adults to learn about art and culture together. Workshops allow families time and space to share in the creative process and expression inside and outside the Museum walls. Please email tours@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org for more information.
Family Program Event:
Rock! Paper! Scissors!

Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Free to the Public

For additional information or questions about this event, please contact Christina Roberts at christina@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org

We're celebrating Sarah Sze's exhibition at The Fabric Workshop and Museum!  Kids and adults will have the opportunity to explore Sarah Sze’s fantastical site-specific works. Taking inspiration from Sze’s work, families will work together to make clay objects, print silkscreen images to redesign a newspaper, and try their hand at weaving.  FWM Family Programs are designed for children ages 4-12 years of age and their families to learn and enjoy hands-on contemporary art and museum experiences.
"...Sze creates exuberant installations that provide the viewer with a sense of wonder, visual pleasure, and a novel way to look at familiar space." -- MacArthur Foundation ("Meet the 2003 MacArthur Fellows," October 5, 2003)

FWM showcases new work by Artist-in-Residence Sarah Sze in her first solo exhibition in the Philadelphia area.  Sze’s immense and intricate site-specific works are akin to drawings in space, manipulating architectural space to profoundly affect the way it is viewed.  Sze represented the United States in the 2013 Venice Biennale.
Funding for this exhibition is provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, National Endowment for the Arts, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM).