Education Programs Foundation Programs


Please note: Joan Mitchell Foundation is no longer offering studio or portfolio development classes. The Foundation is focusing on research and piloting innovative educational opportunities for the artist community. Read below to learn about our past programming.​

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.

jumpstART was a year-long, studio-based intensive for high school students with a demonstrated interest in and aptitude for the visual arts. A joint initiative with the CUE Foundation, jumpstART provided arts education and professional development training to participants, and guided them through the process of conceptualizing, organizing, promoting, and curating their own group exhibition. Through the exhibition planning process, students were exposed to a broad range of creative careers as they work with graphic designers, art handlers, curators, administrators, and professional artists. This process encouraged the development of each student’s time management and communication skills, and students graduated from the program not only with a portfolio of artwork, but with writing and design samples, and a resume of skills that includes public speaking, social media marketing, budgeting, graphic design, and photography.

jumpstART participants explored a wide variety of media throughout the program, which has included life drawing, hand-drawn animation, photography, object making, and textile design. Students were encouraged to work collaboratively, and regularly conducted short demonstrations for their fellow classmates as they develop new and unique skills.

The program was taught by two lead Artist-Teachers, one who focuses on art making, and the other who focuses on professional development and career preparedness. Artist-Teachers during the 2015-16 session were Cevan Castle and Rebeca Raney.

  • Student Opportunities and Support Coordinator José Ortiz and jumpstART participants at an opening at CUE Art Foundation.

  • Participants working on collaborative mixed media photo collage.

  • Collaborative mixed media photo collage.

  • Visiting artist at CUE Art Foundation.

  • Participants working on mixed media photo collage.

  • Participant working with India ink.

  • Installing the end of year exhibition at CUE Art Foundation.

  • Working on an illustration.

  • Showing development from sketch to finished piece.

  • Collaborative mixed media photo collage.

  • Participants working with India ink.

Photos from the 2013-14 session of jumpstART.