Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions received by the education staff.

If you do not find an answer to a question that you have, please email your query to teens@nga.gov. Questions of general appeal to our website visitors will be posted as time permits.

Do you have art classes for teens?

Tween Workshops (grades 7–9) and Teen Studio (grades 10–12) include in-gallery conversations around works of art and studio art experiences. We do not offer traditional portfolio programs.

How much do your programs cost?

All programs at the National Gallery of Art are offered free of charge.

How do I register for Teen Studio or Tween Workshops?

Workshop registration takes place online. Please note the registration date for the desired program and plan to be online just before noon. At noon, refresh your Internet browser and a link to the workshop registration form will appear. Participants are selected on a first-come, first- served basis organized by the time which the registration form is submitted. Studio programs are extremely popular and fill up quickly, and unfortunately, we cannot accommodate everyone who is interested. We recommend adding your name to the waiting list, as often spaces become available.

Do you have internships for teens at the Gallery?

No; the Gallery offers internship programs for students who are completing undergraduate degrees and pursuing graduate work in the field of art or art history. We do have a volunteer program for teens.

How can I volunteer at the Gallery?

Rising juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for the Gallery’s Teen Volunteer Program. Selected volunteers work for one semester; fall term (September–December) or spring term (January–May) and must complete a minimum of 30 hours of service.

My school requires me to complete a two-week service project. Can I help at the Gallery?

All students interested in volunteering at the Gallery must apply for the Teen Volunteer Program and be available to work for one semester (fall or spring term) for a minimum of thirty hours of service. We are not able to sponsor student internship or service projects.

Can you help me with a research paper or project?

The Gallery has many online resources that may be useful for your research assignment. You can browse highlights of the Gallery’s collection or search for a specific work of art by artist’s name, title, medium, and time period. There is also an archive of video and audio tours which feature information about the permanent collection, exhibitions, and offer perspectives from curators, educators, artists, and collectors. You can also find learning resources such as lessons and activities and teaching packets.

Can homeschooled students apply to the Teen Institute?

Yes; all teens enrolled in grades 9–12 in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia are eligible to apply for the Teen Institute.

I don’t live in the DC area, but I will be in town for the summer. Can I volunteer at the Gallery? Can I apply to the Teen Institute?

No; students applying for the Teen Volunteer Program and the Teen Institute must be enrolled in high school in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia.

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