The portfolio is a critical part of the audition process for
eighth-grade students applying to New York City high schools
with special or screened art programs. A well-thought out portfolio
shows your strengths and potential for high school level work.
It is an opportunity to display your best efforts. While individual
schools may vary slightly in their requirements, the following
guidelines will help you assemble a competitive portfolio. *
You can protect your work and make a good impression by using
a sturdy, high quality portfolio case.
A neat and attractive presentation
is extremely important. It tells the reviewing committee that
you have taken care of your work and that you are proud of it.
Include pieces that are:
Clean, undamaged, and in good shape
Labeled on the reverse side with:
- Your name
- Title and date of work
Submit photographs or slides of 3-dimensional work. Place labeled
slides in presentation sleeves.
As you assemble your portfolio, consider these recommendations:
Include 10-20 original pieces of artwork completed
in seventh or eighth grade. One of the selections may be a sketchbook
of your ideas and preliminary drawings. Do not include copies
in the style of” famous artists.
Artwork should be from
observation–portrait, figure, interiors,
still-life, landscapes, and cityscapes. You may also add some
work from imagination and memory.
The work should demonstrate
your understanding of composition and the Principles of Design:
- Balance /Emphasis
You may select works that are thematic to show an in-depth investigation
of an idea OR you may include a variety of subjects to show a
breadth of interests.
Include a variety of media such as drawing,
painting, collage, printmaking, and media-technology to demonstrate your skill with
different tools, materials, and techniques.
Please click here
to view images of sample portfolio work.
*See the Directory of the New York City Public High Schools or
contact specific schools directly for further information.
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