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Registration for Portfolio Development closes on February 12!


Spring 2023 Portfolio Development (Virtual)

March 6 - May 15, 2023

Classes are held weekly from 4:30pm- 7:30pm

Start dates are dependent on the day of the week each class is held:

Mondays: March 6 - May 15, no class April 17        

Tuesdays: March 7 - May 9, no class April 18        

Wednesdays, March 8 - May 10, no class April 19        

Thursdays, March 9 – May 11, no class April 20        

Spring 2023 Registration Period: January 12-February 12    


For students in Grades 9-12, the Portfolio Development program helps students increase both the inventive and expressive portions of their artistic portfolio. A variety of courses are offered in both fine art and design. Students may participate in one or multiple courses. Students develop skills and work habits in their studio(s) of choice which builds confidence in their artistic development. Prior experience is not necessary. Students from a variety of artistic backgrounds are welcome. Students will gain a better sense of their strengths as an artist. The Portfolio Development program offers insight into building a portfolio for higher education and the art school admissions process through a presentation with Admissions during the semester. One-on-one portfolio reviews with an Admissions Counselor are encouraged as well.


To improve accessibility, Portfolio Development classes will be offered virtually. To participate, students will need access to a computer, laptop, or smartphone with video/camera capabilities, and a reliable internet connection. 

Online studio offerings include:

  • Live presentations from faculty and check-ins each class
  • Time for creative art making, both independently and in class
  • Break out sessions in small groups
  • One-on-one and group critiques with faculty
  • Online resources such as virtual museum tours, TED Talks, external demo videos, “visiting” artists, virtual collaborations, etc.

Every studio will utilize Zoom and may use Google Classroom. Zoom will be used for virtual meetings, and Google Classroom or google folders will be used to organize assignments and other class content. Other applications and online web resources, such as Discord may be used at the instructor's discretion. More information will be provided in your Orientation Packet.


Spring Portfolio Development Fee: $627 per class

Materials and supplies are not included in the program fee and are purchased by the participant. Assistance with supplies is available.

Payment is due in full by February 23, 2023


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

MassArt reserves the right to cancel courses in the event of an insufficient number of registrations. Students will receive a full refund in the event that a course is canceled for this reason. Classes with low enrollment will be canceled at least two weeks before the start of the program.

Dropping & Refund Policy

Students will receive a full refund if the class is dropped one week prior to the start date of the class. Students who fail to notify MassArt Youth Programs of their registration cancellation prior to one week before the start of the program will not be eligible for a refund.



Participants may sign up for more than one class.

Color Experimentation with Katie Wild | Mondays
Through practice, experimentation, close looking, and discussion, students think more critically about how their color choices affect the visual impact of their work. Mostly within the context of 2-dimensional problem-solving, students use a variety of mediums (eg. gouache, collage, pastels, and/or colored pencils) to explore color relationships, using both abstract and observational approaches. This course introduces students to basic color theory using elements and principles of design that are fundamental to all fields of visual art.

Fashion Illustration with Julia Harrington | Mondays
Looking for a way to get into Fashion, or advance your clothing illustration skills? In this class, we will learn the principles of fashion illustration. These include figure proportions, drawing clothing and coloring techniques. Explore different drawing materials, fabrics and illustration styles.

Animation Toolkit with Camilo Cardenas and John Quirk | Tuesdays
In Animation Toolkit, students will explore the fundamental principles of animated movement through the use of digital software.This course will introduce students to the essentials of leading digital animation programs, with which we will experiment and explore the possibilities of this diverse and contemporary medium.
Students will gain a solid foundation in animation, resulting in unique and outstanding pieces for a college portfolio.

Illustration with Amanda Godowski | Wednesdays
In this online course there will be three focus areas: Concept Art, Editorial Illustration, and Narrative Illustration.

The Concept Art Projects will give students a crash course in character design.Students will develop expressive characters through idea generating activities. They will also create character turnarounds. The Editorial Illustration project will encourage students to use conceptual thinking and metaphor to craft images for mock articles in magazines.The Narrative Illustration project teaches students how to effectively tell stories through images in the style of a graphic novel or children’s book. 

This course consists of presentations, in class work periods, and critique sessions. Presentations include an overview of effective tools to use for visual communication, what it means to be an illustrator in its broad field of study, and the wide range of styles and mediums used by professional illustrators. Discord will be used for sharing inside and outside of class work while encouraging students to make connections with their peers.

Observational Drawing | Wednesdays
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. 

Creature Design with Alex Alderete | Thursdays
Throughout history, monsters were invented to give form to the unknown. Creatures of contemporary television, cinema, and literature can trace their roots back to the folkloric traditions inspired by the unexplained phenomena of our world. This class will help you to ideate, draw, and paint your own creatures. Guided by encouraging critique, you will work from thumbnails to finished portfolio pieces.