Education Programs Portfolio Development

Portfolio Development

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.

Portfolio development is the act of making artwork with the goal of applying to an art and design high school, college or work opportunity. Portfolio development in the Student Opportunities & Support (SOS) program focused on creating opportunities for students to develop their creative voice by not only making artwork, but also developing their ability to speak and write meaningfully about it. In line with the Foundation’s commitment to support artists at all stages of their artistic career development, the SOS provided year-round portfolio development classes that address a variety of portfolio needs.

To learn more about what constitutes a quality portfolio, and techniques and strategies for developing your portfolio, download our free Portfolio Redefined Resource Booklet.


Portfolio development programming has included: 

Saturday Studio Portfolio Development (Middle School & High School)
Middle School Portfolio Preparation After School Program
Young Adult Program
Summer Portfolio Intensive
Figure Drawing Workshop
Portfolio Redefined

  • Drawing outdoors during Middle School Portfolio Prep

  • Work made during Middle School Portfolio Intensive

  • Portfolio consultation during Careers in the Arts Fair

  • Creating drawings inspired by art at the Brooklyn Museum