Art Portfolio Prep for NYC Young Artists: Preparing to Apply to Specialized Art High Schools or BFA Programs

Art Portfolio Prep for NYC Young Artists: Preparing to Apply to Specialized Art High Schools or BFA Programs

No matter how talented you are, taking Portfolio Preparation classes will put you on a whole different level, giving you a great advantage over other applicants. So not only will you get in to the best programs, like most of our students you'll be on track to being awarded large scholarships.

Portfolio Tip

Portfolio Tip

#portfoliotip Admissions counselors love to see your creative process, in some cases in your portfolio, it’s good to add sketches and images of the steps it took to get to the final piece  you can find other portfolio tips on our instagram page @ashcanstudio

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 [...]

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. [...]

Authentic Advice for Applying to Art School

Authentic Advice for Applying to Art School

Ashcan students sincerely talk about being scared their work isn't good enough, how to stay dedicated to making their art portfolios and some advice if you're struggling with your art school application. Alan ended up getting in to Cornell University, Cooper Union, Syracuse University, USC, SCI- Arc, RISD and PRATT for Architecture Daniela got in [...]

You’ll never guess what Pratts #1 most important tip for your Art Portfolio is…

You’ll never guess what Pratts #1 most important tip for your Art Portfolio is…

Nothing shines through like loving what you do. So while there are certain things you need for a complete portfolio like still lifes, portraits , self portraits... you can make them much more appeaing to Pratt admissions if it looks like you enjoyed making it!