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Portfolio Development

Fall session registration information and course offerings coming soon!



March 1 - May 16, 2022
Classes are held weekly from 4:30pm- 7:30pm

Different Start dates:
Mondays: March 7 - May 16, no class April 19
Tuesdays: March 1 - May 10, no class April 20
Wednesdays: March 2 - May 11, no class April 21
Thursdays: March 3 - May 12, no class April 22

Spring 2022 Registration Period: January 14 - February 14


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, ranging from Observational Drawing to Comic Book Art to Fashion Design. Students may participate in one or multiple courses. Students develop skills and work habits in their studio(s) of choice, building confidence in their artistic development. Prior experience is not necessary: Students from a variety of backgrounds are welcome, and students ultimately 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 presentations with Admissions during the semester. One-on-one portfolio reviews with an Admissions Counselor are encouraged as well.


MassArt Youth Programs will be offered virtually through Spring 2022. 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 Google Classroom. Zoom will be used for virtual meetings, and Google Classroom will be used to organize assignments and other class content. More information will be provided in your Orientation Packet.


Spring 2022 Program Fee: $609 per class

Materials and supplies not included in the program fee and are purchased by the participant.


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 cancelled for this reason. Classes with low enrollment will be cancelled at least two weeks before the start of the program.

Dropping & Refund Policy (2022)

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.



Spring 2022 SESSION

Participants may sign up for more than one class.

portfolio development: grades 9-12
Drawing from the Figure (Grades 9-12) | Mondays, 4:30-7:30 PM

This class will be an introduction to drawing the human figure 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.  Observe the human form through exercises in gesture, contour, outline, and tonal modeling. (If live models are being used they will be clothed.)

Fashion Design (Grades 9-12) | Mondays, 4:30-7:30 PM
Explore the possibilities of fashion design and build your portfolio in this fun, virtual classroom environment. Meet other creatives as you design and illustrate a mini collection and create at least one of your designs. We will discuss fashion terminology, research types of fabrics, sustainability and contemporary fashion history. Learn technical skills including sewing, pattern making and textile manipulation techniques to create shape and style. Students will have the option to reconstruct found garments or start from scratch to make a new garment. Receive feedback about your work during critiques to develop your critical thinking process and concept development.

Comic Book Art (Grades 9-12) | Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30 PM
Comic Book Art focuses on character development, visual narrative and plot development.  How can the visual experience communicate a character's perspectives and experiences? Students develop skills to illustrate the subtleties that illustrate moods and emotions. Students will create their visual narratives to develop characters. Students develop editing skills as they consider how stories are organized and build a stronger understanding of panel and page layout. Students will create their visual narrative to communicate clearly and flow creatively.

Animation Toolkit (Grades 9-12) Wednesdays, 4:30-7:30 PM
Create narrative, abstract, and experimental art as we explore the fundamental principles of animated movement. This course will dive into the use of drawings, stop-motion puppetry, digital animation and more, introducing students to the wide range of artistic and professional outlets for this diverse and contemporary medium. Students will experiment with an array of techniques and materials to gain a solid foundation in animation, resulting in unique and outstanding pieces for a college portfolio.

Observational Drawing (Grades 9-12) | Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 PM
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.

Illustration (Grades 9-12) | Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 PM
This online course includes three focus areas: Narrative, Editorial, and Concept Art. For Narrative Illustration, students create a three-panel story arc in the style of a graphic novel or children’s book. For Editorial Illustration, students use conceptual thinking and metaphor in images. For Concept Art, students develop characters and imagined landscapes, and learn what makes fantastic images believable. 

This course consists of presentations, work time, small group and full class critiques.  Presentations include an overview of what it means to be an illustrator along with the various markets in which illustrators work . Students will also look at the work of professional and student illustrators as examples of the range of media and styles used in visual communication.