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We’re here to help you confidently navigate the Art School Admissions process

If you enroll in Ashcan’s Art Portfolio Prep Program our proven step by step process will get you into the Art School of your dreams. You can trust that our team will show you the way.

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Ashcan Studio admits all students who have the goal of applying to a program where an art portfolio is required for admissions, such as an arts high school, or a Bachelors (BFA) or Masters (MFA) college program.

Students range from beginners to advanced. Anyone who wants to apply for art or design major can enroll at Ashcan and make a great portfolio to apply to the top art schools.

Students come to Ashcan and work together with the Instructors to discover their individual talent and what they’re best at, ultimately finding themselves making the artwork they always knew they could make.

Visual Arts Portfolio Preparation classes are each day, year round, Monday through Saturday from 11:00 am–3:00 pm and 4:00–8:00 pm for ages 11 and up.

We have classes in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Art Contest Prep, and more. Especially popular is our Summer Portfolio Prep Program. Please ask us anything! Contact us at info@ashcanart.com or call 212-967-8101. Learn more at ashcanstudio.comand follow us at @ashcanstudio.

Art Studio NYC

45 East 34th Street, 4th floor
New York, NY 10016
TEL: 1-212-967-8101
Art Studio Long Island

252-20 Northern Blvd, Suite 209
Little Neck, NY 11362
TEL: 1-718-819-0004
Art Studio Queens

36-26 Main Street Suite, 3X, Flushing, NY 11354
TEL: 1-917-675-4195

Ashcan students apply to the schools of their dreams without fear of rejection. They get to feel secure and confident that their portfolio will get them where they want to go. 

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Ashcan Studio of Art was established in New York City in 2006 by artist Sun Young Kim. Mr. Kim began teaching at several different portfolio prep art studios, and found that none of them were structured in a way where the students were reaching their highest potential, or making the truly outstanding portfolios he knew they could. That’s when he decided to branch off on his own and opened Ashcan Studio.

Mr. Kim named the studio after a small group of renegade artists who, at the turn of the twentieth century, were the original rebels, the Ashcan Artists. He modeled Ashcan Studio of Art to follow their example in spirit, breaking the mold and forging new directions for the next generation of artists.

He knew that if young artists and designers pushed themselves to question what was conventional in art, and found their own unique vision the way the Ashcan Artists did, that their lives would change profoundly, that their educational goals would elevate, and great success in art and design would become attainable. Ashcan students, present and former, have proven that to be true with hundreds of prestigious art awards (like the Scholastic Awards) and thousands of acceptance letter to the top art schools and millions of dollars in scholarships.


Ashcan Studio students have received Scholastic Art Awards consistently every year since 2006. In part due to their successes, in 2015 Ashcan Studio was asked by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to become a Region-at-Large partner, hosting the judging of thousands of Scholastic Awards submissions in all art categories. That year, and each year since, Ashcan Studio Director Hayley Palmatier has been appointed to oversee the adjudication of the country’s most talented young artists and designers, and to choose judges from leading arts institutions and Ashcan community partners, such as the School of Visual Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Dedalus Foundation. Of the experience, Ms. Palmatier said, “I was grateful and honored to work together with the staff at Scholastic Awards and with the judges whose time, enthusiasm, and expertise were invaluable in recognizing the talent of these young artists.”

Ashcan Studio also worked in partnership with the Scholastic Awards Summer Scholarships program (SAS Scholarships). SAS Scholarships recipients are granted a full scholarship to attend a top local arts programs, camps, or pre-college programs. Ashcan Studio welcomed SAS Scholarships students into their Summer Portfolio Preparation Program during the summer of 2013 and 2014. Additionally, in 2015 Ms. Palmatier created the video workshop, Art Portfolio Intensive, where she gave art portfolio tips and ideas for submission to the Scholastic Art Awards and BFA programs. Ms. Palmatier also hosted a Portfolio Preparation workshop during the summer of 2016 in partnership with the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the NAACP.



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