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Summer Youth Apprenticeship

Applications are currently closed.

2024 application information is listed below for your reference.

The Summer Youth Apprenticeship was founded on the importance of passing on the history of Sloss and the many techniques and traditions of metal art. This paid, 8 week program, employs 10-15 high school students, aged 16-19, to work and study under professional artists for 30 hours per week.

Students are introduced to a variety of processes and techniques in an interactive, individualized environment. While being introduced to new techniques, the apprentices will create an array of work from tiles and medallions to bookends and light switch covers to be sold in the Sloss Museum Store in support of the program. For their final projects, they will submit a professional proposal and maquette and spend the final 2 weeks executing their final sculpture. Their final pieces will be on display during an art reception open to the public at the conclusion of the program. 


Accepted apprentices will work 30 hours per week with Sloss Metal Art's Resident Artists. Over the course of 8-weeks, they will learn basic metal casting, mold making, fabrication, welding, blacksmithing, and art exhibition preparation. 

This program is intended for those currently enrolled in a high school program who are local to or have accommodations in Birmingham.

All applicants must attend a mandatory casting workshop on Saturday, May 11th. Applicants will receive an email with details regarding the workshop after the application has closed. This is a separate, private event from the public casting workshop on May 18-19th. Summer Youth applicants ONLY need to attend the May 11th workshop, and do not need to register for anything outside of completing their application!

Application information can be found on the info flyer linked below! 

Submit your applications via the form below, or via email at

Applications are due Friday, April 26, 2024. 

Questions? Ask us at

Summer Youth Apprenticeship Application
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