Artists Space

Portfolio Development

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, field trips to Sperone Westwater, International Print Center NY and Word Up Bookshop and exploratory walks through the Lower East Side and Washington Heights where we drew the neighborhood and gathered inspiration. We were proud to see them honored with three Honorable Mentions from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and acceptance to specialized arts high schools including LaGuardia, Art and Design and Fashion Industries.

  - Stephanie Costello, Teaching Artist

Two people stand in the foreground: one person holds a notebook and points to a page while the other looks on.
Artists Space Curator Jamie Stevens speaking with P.S. 140 Portfolio Students [Two people stand in the foreground: one person holds a notebook and points to a page while the other looks on.]
A pineapple and two bananas sit on a table with a person
Observational drawing exercises [A pineapple and two bananas sit on a table with a person's hands in the midst of drawing the fruit with pencil at the center of the image.]
Two people hold up reproductions of a painting below the original that hangs on the wall. The painting depicts a collaged face obscured in parts by red, blue, and brown geometric shapes.
Visit to Nathaniel Mary Quinn exhibition at Studio 94 [Two people hold up reproductions of a painting below the original that hangs on the wall. The painting depicts a collaged face obscured in parts by red, blue, and brown geometric shapes.]
This painting depicts a figure comprised of geometric shapes in saturated pinks, greens, yellows, and blues on a purple background. The arms, neck, and parts of the face are decorated with blue swirls and a brown, broken heart-like shape lies on top of the figure
Dionis Diaz, self portrait, acrylic on paper, 2019 [This painting depicts a figure comprised of geometric shapes in saturated pinks, greens, yellows, and blues on a purple background. The arms, neck, and parts of the face are decorated with blue swirls and a brown, broken heart-like shape lies on top of the figure's chest.]
The top half of this painting shows a blue building ablaze on left. The building foregrounds an orange sky, grey clouds, a white car, and a black skyline. The bottom half uses a grey background with eight figures separated by a white rectangle in the center and an ambulance in the bottom right corner.
Cobus Jagdeo, Orange Hate, acrylic and gouache painting, 2018 [The top half of this painting shows a blue building ablaze on left. The building foregrounds an orange sky, grey clouds, a white car, and a black skyline. The bottom half uses a grey background with eight figures separated by a white rectangle in the center and an ambulance in the bottom right corner.]
Five people
MS 324 group work, collaborative drawing, 2019 [Five people's hands work on a colorful, abstract drawing with the drawing at the center of the image on a wooden table.]
Two people in aprons use a printmaker. One stands in the foreground, using the machine, while the other stands to the left in the background.
Students creating prints at International Print Center NY, 2019 [Two people in aprons use a printmaker. One stands in the foreground, using the machine, while the other stands to the left in the background.]
In this photograph, eleven people pose for a picture in front of drawings and paintings that hang on the wall. Most stand while three kneel.
Blue Sky Gallery exhibition P.S. 140, 2019 [In this photograph, eleven people pose for a picture in front of drawings and paintings that hang on the wall. Most stand while three kneel.]