Are you a high school student looking for a way to build a killer portfolio that will get you into a great art college–with a scholarship? The High School to Art School program (HS2AS) is a free portfolio development program that provides qualified high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with the art skills training, mentorship, essay writing techniques, college application assistance and financial aid planning necessary to gain acceptance into competitive art colleges. HS2AS sessions are scheduled in the spring, summer, and fall and take place at QCA headquarters located in the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria.

high school to art school sessions are scheduled in the Spring, Summer, and Fall of every year. Classes take place at qca headquarters located in the kaufman arts district in astoria.

 Program dates vary slightly each year, but generally abide by the above timeline. Please check back in the Summer of 2018 for updates on the Fall 2018 session.

Program dates vary slightly each year, but generally abide by the above timeline. Please check back in the Summer of 2018 for updates on the Fall 2018 session.

we are now accepting applications for our summer session! 


the program



the curriculum

Students receive lessons on foundation drawing, figure drawing with live models, two/three dimensional design, college-level color theory, art history, as well as concept development and critical inquiry through critique.

 HS2AS also integrates special classes to supplement its regular curriculum concentration on artistic techniques such as printmaking, fiber arts, collage-making, animation and puppetry. These sessions provide an introduction to skills that have the potential to diversify the student body's college studies and eventual career paths. [All sessions]


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Field Trips

HS2AS classes involve studies at local museums, galleries and noteworthy locales across New York City. They allow students to develop a robust understanding of diverse artistic practices. Past field trips have included trips to the Whitney Museum, The MET, DIA Foundation, MoMA, PS1, the Chelsea gallery district, the Brooklyn Museum, and more. [All sessions]





Student exhibitions are hosted at QCA for each semester's group of students as a culminating event at the end of their semester. [Spring & Summer sessions] 

Alumni exhibitions: Curated showings also present HS2AS program alumni work.

Each of these opportunities affords the participants to learn best practices for showcasing their work as professional artists.



art school info day

Art info day features representatives from prestigious art schools who engage students and their parents to explain all aspects of applying to and attending art college, including tuition, scholarships, FAFSA instruction and review student portfolios. Previously, representatives from Cooper Union, Boston University, Queens College, Parsons School of Design, CUNY, Alfred University, and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) have attended. [Fall session]

career info day

Career info day provides students in-person interaction with working professionals in art related careers including animation, graphic design, ceramics, 3D printing and puppetry. [Summer session]

Meet our spring 2018 teaching artists!


  1. What colleges have students been accepted to?
    Nearly 100% of HS2AS students receive acceptance at the colleges and universities of their choice! 
    The list of colleges that have accepted HS2AS students continues to grow.  It includes:
              Alfred University, American University, Boston University, Cal Arts, Carnegie Mellon, Cooper Union, Cornell University,
              Emily Carr, The Fashion Institute of Technology, George Washington University, Hunter College, Ithaca College, 
              Macaulay Honors CUNY, NYU Steinhart,  Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
              Rhode Island School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 
              The School of Visual Arts, and more.

  2. Do students win scholarships?
    Yes! In the past 3 years, students were awarded over $2 million dollars in scholarships. Of most recent graduating class, the class of 2017, 93% of students received financial aid totaling more than $1,000,000. Achievement of this kind is also anticipated for the class of 2018.

  3. Where are classes held?
    Classes are held at Queens Council on the Arts' space on 37-11 35th Avenue in Astoria, NY 11101.

  4. Do I have to live in Queens to apply?
    No, we accept students from all over the greater New York City area. If you are able to commute to our classes in Astoria, then you are eligible for the program!

  5. What do students learn in class?
    Students are taught the basics of 2 dimensional design, 3 dimensional design, color theory, art history, with a heavy emphasis on drawing.  Classes are supplemented by artist talks, workshops, museum and gallery trips.  There is a writing class for seniors in the fall and 2 exhibitions where students present and interpret their work for the audience.

  6. Who teaches HS2AS classes?
    Our instructors are dedicated educators and practicing artists living and working in New York. Read more about them here! With two instructors for every class, we keep a low teacher : student ratio to ensure each student receives individualized attention & support.

  7. How much does it cost to attend?
    High School to Art School is a free program! If accepted, all class materials are provided.

  8. Do I need prior art experience?
    Absolutely not. We understand students come to HS2AS with different experiences with art, although it’s nice to see good drawing skills, it’s not necessary.  We expect all potential students to be dedicated and passionate about art.  That’s the key!

  9. How can I apply?
    Click the button above to access the HS2AS application.


Email High School to Art School Program Manager Kelly Olshan at kolshan@queenscouncilarts.org with the subject line HS2AS Questions

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