HIGH SCHOOL TO ART SCHOOL
 

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 visual arts 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.


apply to the 2019-20 HS2AS fall session!

deadline september 15 at 11:59pm


program sessions

The High School to Art School (HS2AS) program runs three times a year, offering Spring, Fall, and Summer Sessions. Students can attend each Session individually (e.g., just the Spring Session), or enroll in multiple sessions (e.g. attend the Spring Session, then reapply and attend the Summer and/or the Fall). Each session is structured a little differently; see below for details.

As Queens Council on the Arts is currently in the process of relocating its permanent headquarters, the Summer 2019 Session will take place at a satellite location in Northwest Queens - exact location to be determined.

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*fall 2019-20 applicants will be notified by friday, september 20th. Should an applicant be invited for an interview, the october 5th interview/portfolio review is mandatory for placement in the program.


fall session

THE (ART) COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS

Overview: The Fall Session is designed to get students’ portfolios college-application ready, guiding seniors through all aspects of the art school application process: from finalizing the college list to writing the essay to applying for scholarships. This session individualizes support to suit students’ art-making interests and college goals.

Ideal Candidates: Seniors only

the fall session includes:

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art school info day

Art info day features representatives from prestigious art schools who engage students in one-on-one portfolio review sessions. Frequent schools represented include Cooper Union, Boston University, Queens College, Parsons School of Design, CUNY, Alfred University, and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

observational drawing

Students continue to hone their observational drawing skills for their college portfolios, drawing from live models throughout the session.

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college application assistance

The Fall HS2AS Session walks students through all aspects of applying to and attending art college, including tuition, scholarships, FAFSA instruction, and essay-writing workshops.

FIELD TRIPS

Students visit arts and cultural institutions all across the city. Previous destinations include The Whitney, The MET, Brooklyn Art Library, and the Chelsea Gallery District.


summer sESSION

THE INTENSIVE artmaking program

Overview: The Summer “Intensive” Session is a great opportunity for students to dive into a month and half of art-making in an immersive setting that enables students to explore observational drawing in graphite, charcoal, and ink, as well as a variety of other media including painting, collage-making, and printmaking.

Ideal Candidates: Rising Juniors and Seniors

the summer session Includes:

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observational drawing & Concept development

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visiting artist workshops

Students build skills in foundation drawing, figure drawing with live models, two/three dimensional design as well as concept development and critical inquiry through critique. Students also participate in college-level color theory and delve into the work of contemporary practicing artists,

 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.

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field trips

career information day

student exhibition

Students visit arts and cultural institutions all across the city. Previous destinations include Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, The Whitney, The MET, Brooklyn Art Library, and the Chelsea Gallery District.

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

The Summer Session culminates in a student curated exhibition and celebration. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

spring session

THE INTRODUCTION TO PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

Overview: The Spring Session provides an introduction to observational drawing and contemporary art practices.

Ideal Candidates: Sophomores and Juniors

The spring session includes:

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observational drawing

field trips

student exhibition

Students visit arts and cultural institutions all across the city. Previous destinations include The Whitney, The MET, Brooklyn Art Library, and the Chelsea Gallery District.

Students receive lessons on foundation drawing, figure drawing with live models, two/three dimensional design as well as critical inquiry through critique.

The Spring Session culminates in a student curated exhibition and celebration. Friends and family are welcome to attend.




application process

Apply Online

Students apply to the program through an online application called submittable, where you will be asked to provide:

  1. Basic Information about yourself (grade in school, family background, etc)

  2. Short Answer Questions: About your interest in the program and artmaking

  3. Work Samples: 3-10 images of artwork; at least three should be from observation, not imagination (Drawings from observation are works created by looking at objects/environments and not imagination. This can include, but is not limited to, landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, still lives, and/or objects. Sketchbook pages are also accepted!)

Next Steps

  1. Email Confirmation: One you’ve submitted your application, you will receive an email confirmation. *If you do not receive an email confirmation, your application did not go through, in which case please contact Program Manager Kelly Olshan at kolshan@queensocuncilarts.org to troubleshoot.*

  2. Interview Notification (via Email): QCA will notify you as to the status of your application prior to the session’s interview dates. Please check your email! If you are accepted for an interview but we do not hear back from you, you will forego your spot to another candidate.

  3. Interview: Should you be invited for an interview, interviews are mandatory for all prospective applicants. Students will meet with our teaching artists and program manager for a 15-minute portfolio review to discuss their interest in the program.

  4. Final Notification (via Email): Following your interview, you will receive a notification as to the final status of your application via email.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

  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. Read more about our alumni here!

  2. Do HS2AS students receive scholarships to college?

    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. Our alumni discuss their scholarships offers here.

  3. Where are classes held?

    As Queens Council on the Arts is currently in the process of relocating its permanent headquarters, current HS2AS classes take place at a satellite location. Spring 2019 classes will be held at Renew Queens in Long Island City, located at Renew Queens, 47-20 11th St, Long Island City, NY 11101. Summer 2019 classes will likewise be held in Northwest Queens, exact location to be determined.

  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 Northwest Queens, 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!

GOT MORE QUESTIONS?

Email High School to Art School Program Manager Kelly Olshan at kolshan@queenscouncilarts.org


follow @hs2as on instagram, or check out the program's flickr page.


The HS2AS Program is sponsored by the Altman Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc., Con Edison, James Conlon Fund, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Pinkerton Foundation, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Sterling National Bank.