How to Make a Gold Key-Worthy Art Portfolio for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

How to Make a Gold Key-Worthy Art Portfolio for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Ashcan Studio is a Visual Arts Portfolio Preparation school located in NYC. We admit local, national, and international students who have the goal of applying to any program where an Art Portfolio is required for admissions, such as an Arts High School or BFA program. Some students start at Ashcan as beginners with little or [...]

Landscapes and Still Lifes don’t have to be boring —

Landscapes and Still Lifes don’t have to be boring —

Landscape and Still Life paintings or drawings are important to have in your art portfolio, but they don't have to be straight forward. You can show your originality and your own style and interests like here- where she's using a consistent color palette throughout her portfolio, and adding elements that are surreal/abstracted, also consistent with the [...]

Do you want to make conceptual work for your portfolio?

Do you want to make conceptual work for your portfolio?

There are standard things that art school admissions counselors want to see in your art portfolio, like a self portrait, landscape, a still life- but if you want to- you can and should include conceptual work as well. Like this work in progress- conceptual work pushes the boundaries of what art should be, it’s where you let go [...]

If you think you need a little guidance on your portfolio you’re not alone…..

If you think you need a little guidance on your portfolio you’re not alone…..

The sooner you get started on your portfolio the better. Most schools require 10-15 pieces for your portfolio, so you should shoot to make 20 + so you can pick the best of the best to submit to admissions. Generally Admissions at the Top Art Schools want to see originality and skill in each piece. [...]