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Portfolio Development

After-school art classes for students in grades 9-12. Portfolio Development classes are offered virtually.



October 13 - December 15, 2022
Classes are held weekly from 4:30pm- 7:30pm

Different Start dates:
Mondays: October 17 - December 12
Tuesdays: October 18 - December 13 
Wednesdays: October 19 - December 14, no class November 23
Thursdays: October 13 - December 15, no class November 24 

Fall 2022 Registration Period: August 25 - September 25 


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 Animation to Illustration and Fashion Design. Students may participate in one or multiple courses. Students develop skills and work habits in their studio(s) of choice, while building 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 artists. 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 are 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. More information will be provided in your Orientation Packet.


Spring 2022 Program Fee: $627 per class

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

Payment is due in full by October 6, 2022.


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 (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.



Fall 2022 SESSION

Participants may sign up for more than one class.

portfolio development: grades 9-12
Drawing from the Figure (Grades 9-12) with Alex Alderete | 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) Julia Harrington | 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.

Mixed Media (Grades 9-12) with Katie Wild | Mondays, 4:30-7:30 PM
This course will use traditional and alternative materials and processes to explore the many ways artists combine 2D media to communicate ideas and images. Students will work with materials that may include found objects, drawing, painting, and collage. The materials and media will guide the creative process as much as the creative process will inspire artists to use materials and methods of their choice. Looking at contemporary artists will deepen the discourse on mixed media art as students develop their own personal perspectives and styles.

Illustration (Grades 9-12) with Amanda Godowski | Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30 PM
This online course includes three focus areas:  Narrative, Editorial, and Concept Art.

The Narrative Illustration project allows students to learn how to effectively tell stories through images in the style of a graphic novel or Children’s book. The Editorial illustration project will encourage students to use conceptual thinking and metaphor to craft images for mock articles in magazines. The Concept Art Projects will give a crash course in character and environmental design. Inviting tools to learn making character turnarounds and crafting unique detailed environments. 

This course consists of presentations, in class work periods, and portfolio 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 getting introduced to professionals in the field with examples of their range of style and mediums used.

Animation Toolkit (Grades 9-12) with Camilo Cardenas and John Quirk | Wednesdays, 4:30-7:30 PM
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.

Observational Drawing (Grades 9-12) with Will Suglia | Wednesdays, 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.

Creature Design (Grades 9-12) with Alex Alderete | Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 PM
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.

Visual Storytelling (Grades 9-12) with Peter Fadness | Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 PM
In Visual Storytelling, we will identify the methods by which we communicate through imagery. Using a variety of mediums, we will explore narrative and meaning in visual art. We will create miniature books, comics, posters,  and cartoons in order to tell stories. Drawing will be foundational for this class. The questions that guide this class are: “How do I give my art meaning?” and “What story do I want to tell?”