First City Art Center High School Mentorship Program

2021 Fall Ceramics Mentorship Program

First City Art Center is proud to offer FREE comprehensive ceramics instruction to six high school students 9th – 11th grade in Escambia and Santa Rosa County, and is funded this year by First City Art Center’s Pottery Guild.

This is an introductory course focusing on learning skills in these three areas: Throwing on the Potter’s Wheel, Hand-building, and Sculpture. This 3-week intensive course will start on Friday, November 6th, and end on Saturday, November 21st.


Application: Please fill out and submit the application below.

Written Recommendation Letter: For consideration, the student must have a written recommendation letter by a high school teacher, or other adult such as a volunteer group leader, or coach. The letter must be emailed directly from the teacher to Cheyenne Ryan, Outreach Coordinator at: Please put “Ceramics Mentorship Recommendation Letter” in the email subject line.

Images of recent art/craft work: (Optional) Interested students may submit 3 images of recent artwork to:

Deadline for the application/recommendation letter: TBA

Students will be notified via email: TBA

2021 Ceramics Mentorship Class Dates and More Info:

TBA Fall 2021

Student requirements:

  • Submission of completed Mentorship Application and a Recommendation Letter, both must be received no later than the posted deadline.
  • Each student and parent will be required to sign a waiver agreement form.
  • Students will be responsible for obtaining their own transportation to and from First City Art Center.
  • Students are expected to attend each scheduled class, arrive on time, and work in the studio for the full 3 hr. class time.
  • If a student is unable to attend a class session, we will expect some notification beforehand (phone call, email).
  • Students are expected to participate in studio set-up and clean-up procedures.
  • In compliance with the city of Pensacola’s current mask ordinance, students will be asked to wear a mask while in the studio. Disposable masks are available for students to wear.

For questions or additional information, please contact Cheyenne Ryan, Outreach Coordinator at: 


APPLICATION- Ceramics Mentorship Program

  • Student Section

  • Parent/Guardian-Please Complete

  • Consent and Acknowledgement

  • In consideration of my child’s participation in programs provided by First City Art Center, I indemnify and hold First City Art Center and its affiliates, employees and agents harmless from and against any and all liability for negligence or medical expenses resulting from my child’s participation in such programs or other activities. I further release First City Art Center and its affiliates, employees and agents from any and all negligence or other claims resulting from my child’s participation. I further understand that First City Art Center does not provide medical insurance coverage for my child and that any medical expenses incurred will be paid by either my own medical insurance or myself. I hereby grant permission for my child to participate in all activities.

    I give permission for my child’s photo and/or likeness to be retained and used by Frist City Art Center without any remuneration or compensation.

    I authorize FCAC staff to administer immediate and emergency medical treatment, including (1) transporting your child to a hospital emergency room or (2) calling the local rescue squad or ambulance.

    I give permission for my child to visit the art park during breaks. The art park is located directly across from the main entrance of FCAC at 1060 N Guillemard Street.

  • Student Code of Conduct

  • Consequences include time out, notifying parents, and or in the extreme case removal from the program for the safety and well-being of all parties.

    1. Physical harm to self or other campers
    2. Conduct which constitutes harassment or bullying
    3. Refusal to follow instructions to the point of threatening the safety of their-self or other campers.
    4. Disrespectful behavior or language toward the instructors or other participants.
    5. Theft of property
    6. Intentional destruction of property.
  • Cancellation Policy

    Scholarship recipients who cancel less than 7 days before class starts (exception for emergencies and illness) will not be considered for future opportunities.

    Scholarship recipients who only attend the program partially with no notice or explanation will not be considered for future opportunities.

  • In the field below indicates that you have read, understand, and agree to the Consent and Acknowledgment Terms and the Cancellation Policy.



2021 Glass Mentorship Program

First City Art Center is proud to offer FREE comprehensive glass instruction to six high school students 9th – 11th grade in Escambia and Santa Rosa County.

This is a 12 class, 6-week introductory course in which participants will learn the fundamentals skills to become proficient in glassblowing. After completion of the course, participants will have the opportunity to continue blowing glass at FCAC, join the glass guild, and take part in glass production as a volunteer. 

More details coming soon!