Artistic Mustangs face portfolio pressures

Isabella Estrada -Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Many LRHS seniors are preparing for college. With test, essays, and applications, there is a lot to stress about. For those students who plan on pursuing art, they have the added stress of designing portfolios.

As students start to apply to art schools such as Pratt University, Parsons School of Design, and Royal College of Art, they often are required to submit a portfolio consisting of their best work. LRHS senior Catherine Kaiser said, “The number of pieces you need differs for each school, but it is usually about 10 to 20 pieces.”

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LRHS senior Cat Kaiser shows off her talents.

Each piece of art submitted shows colleges an artist’s style, capability, and creativity. LRHS art teacher Abby Kolesa said, “You want to make it your own, but make sure to incorporate observation, perspective, composition arrangement, and figure drawings.”

One of the most important things to remember when creating a portfolio is to take time. Kaiser said, “I’ve been working on my portfolio for the past couple of years, but I mainly incorporate pieces from last year or over the summer since they’re my better work.”

For most students, their portfolio is created over the course of their time in high school.

Kaiser added, “My advice would be to start early because applying to any college is a long process and a portfolio can be the key to being accepted.”

The most important aspect to creating a good portfolio would be to show personal style in the work. Kolesa said, “Find your style and embrace it, make sure not only to push and challenge yourself but also draw what you love.”

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