Senior Art Portfolios

Artwork in progress by Monica Sar (Picture by/ Elaine Rivera)

Artwork in progress by Monica Sar
(Picture by/ Elaine Rivera)

By: Elaine Rivera

College deadlines are almost over. This means that for seniors interested in art majors it’s time to add those finishing touches to portfolios. For those who have yet to start, there are a few things to keep in mind while putting it together.

Budget time

Students may choose to start their portfolios a year or two in advance. A portfolio should show the best pieces of artwork, meaning that time and effort is of importance. Don’t wait until the last minute.

Check the schools requirements

Some colleges require certain elements in a portfolio, usually consisting of a combination of black and white, still life, portraits, and creative. Make sure that all of these follow a similar theme when putting them together. Attleboro High School (AHS) senior Chris Acevedo said, “Keep the portfolio consistent, but throw in some diversity.”

Put together only the best work

Second opinions are always important. Some artists may develop an attachment to a certain piece because of the effort or emotion put into it. However, this piece may not be the best compared to others. Ask friends or teachers for their opinions and what improvements could be made. AHS art teacher Ms. Lindsey Nygaard said, “Visit the college to review the portfolio before the application.”

Do not work from other photos

The style or idea of another piece of work may be referenced, but no copies.  Feel free to try out new mediums; find a new comfort zone. AHS senior Renee Girouard said, “It’s always good to have variety.”

Keep any older artwork

“When going through your old work, sometimes it looks like a lot of trash. Look through that trash. You might find something shiny,” said senior Joey Sullivan. These older pieces could always be touched up.

Be unique

The artwork should stand out from others. AHS senior Stephan Timas said, “Doing what you love and putting it in a portfolio will be noticed.”

Most importantly, be proud of the work put in. AHS senior Taylor Mckenna said, “You want to look at your portfolio and think ‘I’d hire me!’”