Each week Portfolio students commit to a rigorous drawing practice, explore how artists participate in culture, ask questions of their own work, and ultimately create exceptional artworks. We shared many memorable moments, including visits to Frank Sinatra High School and the High School of Art and Design, trips to galleries on the Lower East Side and to the Sugar Hill Museum of Storytelling and Art—exploratory walks through the Lower East Side and Washington Heights where we drew the neighborhood and gathered inspiration. In March, the COVID-19 pandemic put us on pause but the students continued to send photos of the drawings they were doing at home and we did our best to maintain contact and a level of human support. We are all only a bike ride away from each other!
30 Portfolio Development students have been accepted to the city’s most competitive public art high schools, including LaGuardia, High School of Art and Design, Frank Sinatra and Fashion Industries.
– Claudia Sohrens, Teaching Artist