Education Programs Foundation Programs

Summer Portfolio Intensive

Please note: Joan Mitchell Foundation is not currently offering any studio or portfolio development classes. Through the end of 2017, the Foundation is focusing on research and piloting innovative educational opportunities for the artist community. We look forward to sharing the new education model with you in 2018. 

For those families looking for new art program opportunities, we have created a comprehensive resource directory of various ongoing youth art programs and opportunities in the NYC area. The free booklet is available to download here.

Read on to learn about our past programming.


Each summer from 2007–2015, the Foundation’s Art Education Program provided portfolio development workshops for middle and high school students. Led by the Foundation's Artist-Teachers, participants explored the myriad cultural resources of New York City, developed their skills in drawing from observation, and created works to cultivate their portfolio. Middle school participants developed a portfolio for applying to NYC specialized art high schools. High school participants began to craft a portfolio for art and design college admissions.


Video documenting a collaborative mural made by participants during Summer Intensive 2012.