The Staub Art Studio offers student
art portfolio preparation services so you can get
an outstanding portfolio together that showcases your current level
of skill and proves that you have even more potential. You get advice
from professional artists who have been on both sides of the desk
as art students and as working professional artists.
We help you select finished works for your portfolio that demonstrate
your ability and creativity in drawing, painting and essential design.
We also help you focus your portfolio for the schools of your choice.
We help you develop a portfolio with variety of drawing media such
as charcoal, graphite and pastel and encourage you to develop pieces
that demonstrate advanced skill with at least one drawing medium.
We suggest a strong selection of varied subject matter from landscape
to figurative in pastels, watercolors, acrylics and oils.
• Essential Design
In addition to drawings and paintings, we suggest that you include
a few pieces that require you to combine several elements in a strong
design such as a flyer, poster or page layout. We focus on collage
work and incorporating digital images into your paintings and drawings.
Our kids art lessons teach children to see the world through the
eyes of an artist and allow them to unlock their creativity and
vision. We teach children to use color, recognize style and have
fun. Children learn to use pastels, watercolor, tempera paint and
magic markers, and discover how warm and cool colors set the mood
of a painting. By learning how another artist creates a unique approach
to art, children begin to form a style of their own. Other lessons
at our Maryland
art school teach children how to draw their favorite cartoon
characters and even make up characters of their own.
Art Portfolios: 7 Things You Must Know
Include enough work
A student art portfolio for a high school program should have at
least 10 pieces that demonstrate your skill. College-level portfolios
should include more pieces: 15 to 20 advanced works.
Use your eyes
Your portfolio should contain original work that comes from your
direct experience. Avoid submitting drawings or paintings that are
based on the work of another artist or on a photograph in your portfolio.
Prove your versatility
Art schools are looking for well-rounded students who have practiced
with various media. A student art portfolio should have drawings,
paintings and compositional pieces. Digital compositions or 3-dimensional
submissions are also strongly encouraged.
Show your thought process
Include a sketch diary that shows the evolution of the pieces in
your portfolio. Art schools want to see how you approach creative
Keep the portfolio current
Update your student portfolio with newer works and retire older
works. A portfolio is an ever changing snapshot of your skills and
Representation versus abstraction
If you have developed a more abstract style, include a representative
piece to show a well-developed suite of skills. If you have done
mostly representative works, create an abstract piece and expand
Focus on the world around you
The first and greatest lesson of any art course is how to see. Including
still life and landscape drawings and paintings as well as figure
drawings and self-portraits reveals how you see the world as an