Skip to main content

You are here

Portfolio Development

March 1-May 3, 2019
Fridays, 4:30-7:30pm
no class April 19 
A nine-week program

program cost



Instructions for Registration Form


Portfolio Development offers insight into building a portfolio and in to the art school admissions process. These studios are meant to help students increase both their inventive and expressive portions of their artistic portfolio while focusing on observational skill in section 1 and on elements of design in section 2.

Section 1: observational Drawing

This course offers high school students a unique opportunity to strengthen observational drawing skills and cultivate a personal point of view. Students explore traditional and innovative ways of rendering the observed world through a variety of styles and media.

Section 2: visual thinking

This studio gives students the platform to explore their artistic ideas while developing strong fundamental elements essential for one’s portfolio. Composition, line, balance, patterns, space and movement are all elements that will be explored through both exercises and personal imagery.  

artist bios

Janet Loren Hill received her BFA from University of Washington and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has exhibited at numerous galleries nationally including Field Projects Gallery (NY, NY), Blindfold Gallery (Seattle, WA), Stone Gallery's 2017 exhibition of "Boston Young Contemporaries", UMAss Boston's University Hall Gallery's group show, HARD: Subversive Representation, Space One Two One’s solo show “Lurking Behind My Teeth” and many others. Elisabeth Sherman, Assistant Curator at Whitney Museum of Art, recently selected and highlighted Hill's work in New American Painting's 2017 MFA Annual edition. Hill has attended multiple residencies internationally including Vermont Studio Center and most recently she was an Artist-In-Residence and teacher at the Beijing Royal School in China. Janet has been a Visiting Critic at many schools including School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Arts Academy and MassArt’s 2D Department. She has taught at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle and MassArt’s Continuing Education and Youth Programs.  

James Lambert is an artist specializing in painting, sculpture and paper-making. His work has been exhibited internationally, and was most recently published in New American Paintings, the New England edition. Originally from Alabama, Lambert has been based in Boston for the past four years, where he teaches at MassArt, Bunker Hill Community College, and Mount Ida School of Design. His BFA and MFA are from Rhode Island School of Design and Massachusetts College of Art respectively. 

Andree Leduc  received her MFA in 2D from MassArt (2014) in Boston, MA and her BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University(2004) in Montreal, QC. Canada. Her work has been shown in Montreal, Ottawa, Berlin, Boston, Providence and New York. Andree is a Visiting Artist Lecturer for the Painting departments and for Continuing Education at MassArt. She has also been a Visiting Artist, teaching papermaking for the 2D department at both the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (SMFA), Boston, MA. and at Mount Holyoke, South Hadley, MA.

Joseph Ray grew up in Upstate New York. He is a graduate of Munson Williams Proctor Institute, received his BFA at the State University of Oswego, and his MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In his own work Joseph’s mediums include oils, inks, watercolor, charcoals, encaustics and graphite as well as works on traditional canvas, he makes his own paper to be used as a medium in addition to a surface. His work has been shown both locally as well as nationally and currently revolves around spirituality, perception, the psychological interactions between our senses and how they determine our understanding of our surroundings. He currently lives and works out of the Worcester area as an Artist and educator.


For more information, contact Liz Reiser at or 617.879.7174.

Please note: Youth Programs is moving offices, and fax services may be disrupted. Please email or call if possible.