Scholastic Portfolio Development

Develop a portfolio, and prepare for academic application through class discussion, fieldwork, and lab time.

Student Image by: Julian Klein

The key components of any body of work are clear - concise vision supported by digital craft. This advanced course for teens focuses on developing a high-quality, cohesive portfolio of photographs. Designed to help students understand photography and their own creative process, participants create a group of photographs that will impress college admissions boards and the art world alike. The process of creating work is as important as the final product. Through class discussion, fieldwork, and lab time, participants spend two weeks defining an idea, photographing, editing, printing and asking questions. From portfolio presentation to letters of recommendation, contemporary trends to possible schools, Matt assists students creatively and technically.

Students develop their printmaking craft in the digital lab, making fine portfolio prints for presentation. Students not only learn how to print a cohesive collection of images, but also develop skills to write and speak about their work. Through lectures, slideshows, assignments and critique, students take their work to the next level and prepare themselves academic application.

Prerequisite:

This two-week program is designed for high school students between the ages of 16 and 18 who are about to prepare their college portfolio submission. Students must have completed an Advanced Young Artist course or equivalent, as students are expected to enter this workshop with a solid foundation of either fine digital or traditional black-and-white printing.

What you will learn:

Students leave this workshop with not only a portfolio of 10-15 images, but also a greater understanding of the academic application process.

What you will need:

Students should bring a body of images (25-50), DSLR camera, lens, memory card and a minimum of 120GB Hard Drive. We have cameras and accessories available for loan for the duration of the workshop if needed.

About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critique, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling, and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.

We recommend students have access to $150 over the two-week period for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.

Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 and departure is on Saturday morning. Tuition Note: includes room and board

Testimonials:

"MMW has taught me so many things not only about media but also about myself as an artist and a person in general."
- Alicia Price, Lebanon, NH

"To any young artist looking for a chance to enrich their passion, Maine Media will provide the perfect environment and allow for great connections and inspirations to be made."
- Justin Schwartz, Nelson, NH

"It was such an enriching experience that really helped me master photographic skills."
- Meghan Prior, Westport, CT

"These workshops are always amazing and I know I'll be back next summer."
- Thomas Earle, Concord MA

"MMW has been such a life changing experience for me."
- Lily Plstein, Los Angeles, CA

Instructors

Matt Smolinsky

Matt is a practicing artist and dedicated teacher. He teaches photography, video, and digital art at the University of Maine, and has been on the Maine Media summer faculty since 2006. Matt received a Bachelor’s degree in communication from Boston University, and an M.F.A. in photography from Maine Media College. He began his professional photography career as a photojournalist working on newspaper staffs in New York, Michigan, and Massachusetts. Between 2002 and 2005 Matt lived in Seoul, Korea, working on a long-term documentary project while teaching kindergarten and English. In 2009 Matt co-founded a non-profit organization called Obscura, where he serves on the board of directors and manages the scholarship and publishing programs. He is a native New Yorker and currently lives down the road in Rockland, Maine.