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Portfolio Development

As MassArt continues to monitor the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, it has been deemed necessary to cancel Portfolio Development for Spring 2020. Full refunds will be issued.


Spring 2020
March 6 - May 8, 2020
Fridays, 4:30-7:30pm


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

Program Cost:

  • Winter Intensive: $180
  • Spring Session: $510


Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served and space available basis. Submission of a registration form does not guarantee enrollment in a class. If you submit a registration form and your preferred classes are full, you will be placed on the waiting list and notified as soon as possible if a space becomes available.


Scholarships are based on financial need and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please indicate on your registration form if you would like to request a scholarship. To be considered, you will be asked to provide family financial information on the registration form (required).

Cancellation Policy

Full program cost, less the deposit, will be refunded if the request to drop is received in writing to the email one week prior to the start of the program. If the request to cancel is received after this date, you will be responsible for the balance due. MassArt reserves the right to cancel courses in the event of an insufficient number of registrations. You will receive a full refund in the event that a course is cancelled for this reason.



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.  

Section 3: Drawing From the Figure
This class will be an Introduction to drawing the human figure from live models using a variety of art materials, techniques, and artistic approaches. The purpose of this course is to help students obtain the basic skill of drawing the human figure, including anatomy, observation of the human form and fundamental exercises in gesture, contour, outline, and tonal modeling.

artist bios

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.