Education Programs Foundation Programs

Young Adult Program

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.


The Young Adult Program provided participants between the ages of 18–25 the opportunity for an individualized post-secondary experience. This program assisted participants in developing their portfolio as they explored career options in the visual arts and applied to art and design colleges.

The program ran in three cycles: each cycle presented the participants with exercises and projects that allow them to develop their technical and conceptual skills. The class met once a week and ran from October–June.

For more information on the SOS program, contact the SOS Program Coordinator, José Ortiz, at jortiz@joanmitchellfoundation.org.

  • Colored pencil drawing by participant.

  • Pen and ink drawings by participant at the Young Adult Exhibition at Children's Art Carnival in Harlem, June 2014.

  • Participant painting papier-mâché scultpure.

  • Participant adds details to scultpture.

  • Participants working on gestural charcoal drawings.

  • Charcoal drawing on torn paper. 

  • Collection of a participant's work at the Young Adult Exhibition at Children's Art Carnival in Harlem, June 2014.

  • Participants working on "plein air" drawings. 

  • Participants working with India ink.

  • Participants working on gestural charcoal drawings.

  • Participant working with fabric.

Slideshow: a selection of Young Adult participants and artwork from 2013-2014.