Preparing Your Portfolio for Grants, Residencies, Art School and other Visual Applications

15FCEBP002 Oct 17, 2015 Time: 10-5 PM

What makes a strong visual arts application portfolio? How do you present a portfolio? What gives you the best chance of being accepted in the opportunity of your choice? This one-day workshop provides students with the knowledge to create an art portfolio that demonstrates creativity, ability, and commitment, while clearly expressing the individual artist's potential. Editing and sequencing of images, artist statements, and general submission guidelines (file formatting, supplemental materials, etc.) are covered. Each student is required to bring 30 to 50 images (prints, artwork, or digital) along with a draft of an artist statement for review and discussion. A guest artist reviews portfolio presentations at the end of the course. Students will leave with insider knowledge on what makes a successful portfolio, and a cohesive presentation of their work.

Guest reviewer: Amanda Boe, Freelance Picture Editor at The New York Times

Amanda is a Brooklyn based photographer, originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is currently a Freelance Picture Editor at The New York Times and part-time Teaching Assistant at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Before moving to New York, she worked as a Studio Manager and Photo Assistant for Todd Hido in the San Francisco Bay Area for over four years. She received an MFA in photography from the Academy of Art University in 2011 and a BA in architecture from the University of Minnesota in 2001.  Amanda has exhibited her photographs nationally, including two-person exhibitions at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery and Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, as well as in group exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography, San Francisco Camerawork, Southern Exposure, Photo Center NW, Newspace Center for Photography, and Project Basho. Her work has been published in Der Greif - A Process, Aint-Bad Magazine, and in several online features such as Conscientious, Fraction Magazine, and Feature Shoot. In 2011, she was awarded 1st Place at the New York Photo Awards for the Student Fine Art Image category.     Register here

Making it Work: Building A Sustainable Artistic Practice


By creating as few as five photos a day, students can integrate the daily act of shooting to build a sustainable artistic practice. This practice allows for creation to happen organically, without disrupting the demands of daily life. This course is designed for students with busy schedules, heavy commitments, and a desire to make creative work. Through weekly critiques, encouragement, and accountability, students find that creativity moves from the to-do list to an enjoyable habit. While this course is geared toward students with full-time commitments such as family or demanding jobs, this is an opportunity for anyone looking to ignite their creativity or build a body of work. Students may work in any format as long as they can present work digitally for class discussions. Fine-art print production and modes of presentation are discussed for future consideration. Sharing work via social media, online photography magazines, and self-publishing are discussed.  Register here

Practical Tips & Best Practices For Displaying Your Work: From The Print To The Wall

15FCEBP000 Oct 3, 2015 Time: 2-5 PM

You've made the work. Now what? This one-day workshop provides students with everything they need to make informed decisions on professionally displaying their work. We cover choosing the appropriate photo paper for the image, custom and readymade framing, matting, mounting, and DYI solutions on a tight budget. We present framing and mounting samples, DYI hardware available for handling, and a full range of fine-art photo printing papers. How do choices made in production affect the viewing experience? Which materials work together? Conservation and best practices for handling and storage are covered. This workshop is led by Lesly Deschler-Canossi, a photographer, printer, and owner of Fiber Ink Studio, and expert framer Jennifer Kahrs, owner of Shadowbox Shop framing, who shares her insider tips and knowledge of installation and display. The instructors have shared production on many exhibitions, from pop-up art shows to galleries and major museum exhibitions. Students will leave the workshop with a full list of resources, a small sample pack of fine-art print papers, and the confidence and know-how to get their work on the wall for a gallery show, for a collector, or for personal enjoyment.  Register here

Fundamentals of Photographing Flat Artwork

15FCEBP003 Oct 25, 2015 2-5 PM

This workshop provides quick and simple solutions for photographing 2D art. Copy-stand and DYI lighting are demonstrated, and professional studio lighting for 2D are discussed. Each student is invited to bring in a flat artwork up to 20x24 to be photographed.  Register here

IMAGEMAKERS: A One Year Course in Community Programming / Teen Academy, lead instructor 2013 - current

Teen Academy Imagemakers enables 36 motivated high school juniors and seniors to advance their photography skills and develop an awareness of the creative and professional possibilities in the field. This yearlong, weekly program provides students with guidance from some of New York's best teaching artists; field trips to museums, galleries, and studios; college prep workshops; pre-professional assignments; mentorship opportunities in the field; and full access to ICP's facilities. The curriculum provides in-depth study of photography genres, including self-portraiture, documentary, photojournalism, personal vision, fashion, and studio work. All aspects of the curriculum are intended to encourage and inspire students to further express and strengthen their artistic voices. At the completion of the program, students will have created an extensive portfolio, including an artist's statement and resume, and are honored in a gallery exhibition. This program is best suited for students looking to pursue photography further in college and/or as a career. Interested students must submit a portfolio and written application. Prerequisite: Photo II as approved by Community Programs staff.   FULL

Photography II in Black-and-White: The Self-Published Artist / September 27 - December 6, 2015, Sunday 11-2 PM / Community Programming / Teen Academy

The invention of the printing press forever changed how information is spread, enabling artists to find new audiences beyond their immediate spheres of influence. Even today, young photographers use homemade books and zines to extend the reach of their work to bookstores, collections, art fairs, and library shelves across the globe. In this class, students will produce silver gelatin prints, using them as source material for self-publishing. Through alternative methods such as photo collage, sandwiched and scratched negatives, zine and poster production, teens will expand their understanding of the possibilities of image-making, learning how to use independent channels of distribution as a way to reach larger and more diverse audiences. By the end of the course, students will have developed a portfolio of prints, an artist’s statement and a handmade book or zine. The course will culminate in a final presentation for family and friends.  FULL