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Portfolio Development

October 4 - December 6, 2019
Fridays, 4:30-7:30pm
no class November 29
A nine-week program


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


Cancellation and Refund Policy
Full program cost, less the deposit, will be refunded if the request to drop is received in writing by September 27, 2019.
MassArt reserves the right to cancel courses in the event of an insufficient number of registrations. 


Section 1: observational Drawing - FULL

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.

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