Summer 2023 Pre-College Portfolio


JULY 11 through JULY 21, 2023
JULY 25 through AUGUST 4, 2023
TUESDAYS through FRIDAYS / 10:00am – 3:00pm

Choose One or Both Sessions

*Early Bird Special!*
January 1st-February 1st 2023 non-members of the Art League can register with $100 off each program session. Registrations with early bird discounts taken by phone only. Call the Art League at 631-462-5400 x 222 to register!

Instructor:  Stephanie Folk

Elevate your work and develop your portfolio for college! The Art League offers an intensive 2-week program for high school students to fully immerse themselves in the creative process and build their portfolios for college. Students will experience professional studio practices in observational and figure drawing, painting, mixed media projects, and more.  Subjects will include the drawing from the live model, portraiture, still life, and abstraction.

Teens who are serious about pursuing art in college need a comprehensive portfolio. This program will guide teens in developing a well-rounded portfolio for applying to competitive art programs. Get feedback on your existing portfolio and develop your own voice as you explore new materials

Sessions take place in the Art League’s Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery. Student Gallery Exhibition with a closing reception will take place Saturday, August 5 from 1pm to 3pm.


Studio Intensive For Teens ages 15-19

In this 2-week studio intensive, students will develop skills that lead to expressive and creative portfolio quality works. Projects will range from an hour to a few days. Students will explore mediums such as colored pencil, acrylic, graphite and watercolor, and more. Students will create 4-5 portfolio ready pieces in this course specific to their needs, at any stage of portfolio development.

This course focuses both on observational projects as well as conceptual, as colleges most often look for both in a college ready portfolio.

Please bring a few examples of what you consider to be your best works to the first class for a critique! Guidance on what colleges and universities look for in a portfolio will also be discussed. – Get feedback on your existing portfolio – Develop your artistic voice while exploring new materials – Life drawing from a live model – Small class size with lots of individual instruction and guidance

Students will undertake five projects with one optional 6th project for advanced students who finish early:
Project 1: Figure Studies (2 days) – charcoal
Project 2: Skeletal Studies (2 days) – pastel
Project 3: Found Object Sculptures (2 days) – misc. objects
Project 4: Interior Studies from Photograph (1 day) – ink & watercolor
Project 5: Monotype Printmaking (1 day)
*Optional Project 6: Still Life Studies – pastel
Note:  Returning students from Summer Portfolio 2022 will be given unique projects in lieu of any project they completed last season (which may include projects such as magnification studies, cubist overlay portraiture, surrealist environments, etc.)


  • Observational and Figure Drawing
  • Fine and Commercial Art
  • Printmaking
  • Crafting an Artist Statement
  • Critique and discussion, and more!

Showcase your work in the student exhibition in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery at the conclusion of the program!