On Sunday October 19th, the National Portfolio Day Association will be hosting a National Portfolio Day at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston from 12pm to 4pm, where schools and students from around the region will arrive on a first-come-first-serve basis to receive feedback on art portfolios.
Students will be able to seek out popular and widely accredited art schools from around the country such as Rhode Island School of Design and the California Institute of the Arts.
Aspiring art school students will meet with representatives from each major school at the event and present their current portfolio, works in progress, sketchbooks, and other supplementary media to enhance their artistic display, and colleges will present students with valuable feedback on how to perfect their portfolios for colleges and other applications, as stated on the National Portfolio Day website.
This time of year is where students interested in applying to art schools must work hard on their artwork and portfolios to gain entrance into the schools of their choosing. As such, students struggle with competition for college acceptance and scholarships.
In times like this, a teacher figure is, although not always necessary depending on the student, extremely useful.
“I have students lay out all work and we work together to assess the quantity and quality of work. We decide what needs to be added and edited from the body of work. I let students know what they might be asked and what questions they could ask college reps,” Holliston High School art teacher Douglas Lack said when asked just how a teacher fits into the scheme of assessing a student’s portfolio.
However, each student requires their own level of interaction and intervention, as some students are more self-motivated than others, leading to Lack’s response “that it depends on the individual student. Some need more guidance and some need less.”
Further Portfolio Days will be hosted in various states across the months of October, November, December, and January. Locations vary greatly, spanning from Pennsylvania to California, with different repertoires of colleges attending.