High School Programs

Pre-Collegiate Visual Arts Portfolio Workshop 2024


In the summer, the Hartford Art School hosts a unique educational experience through its Visual Arts Portfolio Workshop. This opportunity connects high school students* with other artists, challenges them to think in new ways, and teaches them to creatively problem solve over the summer break—all while creating new artwork to build their portfolio!

This in-person program takes place at the Hartford Art School on the University of Hartford's campus.

July 8 - August 2, 2024

Why you should attend
  • You are serious about studying art
  • You are considering a college track in art or design
  • You are looking to connect with like-minded peers
  • You would like to develop skills and work building towards your college application portfolio
  • You want to develop a strong studio practice to enhance your ability to work more independently
  • You would like to increase your visual communication skills
  • You want to gain the ability to speak about your work and the work of others
  • You want to engage with experienced instructors who are professional artists

Learning outcome

The primary objective of this workshop is to provide an educational experience that allows students to connect with each other, challenge themselves, think critically, and problem solve over the summer break. 

  • Our application window is now open, with limited spots.  Anyone who has any additional questions can reach out to
  • Scholarship awardees are typically notified mid June. 
  • Once apply, you are committing to participate for the entirety of the program, Monday – Friday, July 8 - August 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.. If anything changes after notification of acceptance, please call 860.768.5486 and leave a message no later than June 31, 2024.


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Observational Drawing (figure & still-life)

Focusing on both the figure and the still-life, you will sharpen your observational skills working from professional figure reference materials and tabletop constructions. You will investigate the nature of drawing as a way of seeing and developing technical skills through the exploration of understanding line, tone, form, and composition. Both gestural warm-ups and long-finished drawing approaches will be employed. 

Faculty: Brandon Brownlee

Brandon Brownlee is an artist currently living and working in Connecticut. He holds an MFA in Painting from New York Academy of Art. He completed his BFA in Illustration at UHart’s Hartford Art School and his AFA in Visual Fine Art from Manchester Community College. Brownlee's work, which has been exhibited nationally and internationally, is held in private collections in the United States. 


Photography Tom Prutisto


A traditional analog film photography workshop including experience with 35mm cameras, film developing, and B&W printing practices. We will utilize the University of Hartford campus for group photo sessions, and gain knowledge using professional photographic equipment in the lighting studio and hand printing in our darkroom. 

Faculty: Tom Prutisto

Your instructor, Tom Prutisto, is the visual arts media technician and an adjunct instructor at the Hartford Art School. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with 40+ years of experience in photography, he has worked in all photographic formats, films, and technologies in commercial, industrial, and educational environments. 

Ceramics Class


A class exploring the use of clay through wheel throwing and hand-building methods. Basic glazing and firing techniques will also be covered.

Faculty: Stephanie Lanter

Stephanie Lanter has worked in clay for twenty-five years. She exhibits her sculpture internationally and has had artist residencies and given workshops at numerous institutions across the country. Since 2020, she has been an Associate Professor of Ceramics at Hartford Art School. Prior, she taught at Emporia State University (KS) and received an MFA from Ohio University.

July 8 - August 2, 2024


9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (all sessions)


1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (July 8-19)


1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (July 22-August 2)


$995.00, includes supplies and materials.

After registering, please mail payment (checks made payable to Hartford Art School) to:

Rebecca Zablocki
Hartford Art School
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
Attn: Pre-Collegiate School Workshops

The University of Hartford will continue to follow State and CDC guidelines for the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. Please check our Health and Safety Guidelines for updates.

Additional High School & Middle School Programs

This annual conference brings hundreds of middle school students and their teachers to our campus for all day studio workshops. Students make watercolor portraits, wire sculpture, digital photographs,  ceramic pots, and everything in between. This partnership we share with middle schools provides a wonderful opportunity to inspire both students and teachers. Please contact the Connecticut Association of Schools for details on the Arts in the Middle Conference.
The annual Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards and Exhibition brings hundreds of middle and high school students and their parents as well as teachers and supporters of the fine arts to our campus for a statewide juried exhibition and award ceremony. More than 500 student works, chosen against thousands, shows at the Silpe Gallery. Awards ranging from cash prizes and art supplies to college scholarships are granted to exceptional students. For more details and for how to get involved, contact the Connecticut Art Education Association.
Each year, the SBM Foundation provides a grant to the Hartford Art School to administer a series of four pre-collegiate studio workshops. The program brings three high schools (Manchester, East Hartford, and Rockville, selected by the grantor) to campus involving 60 students during each visit. These students and teachers have the opportunity to come to the Hartford Art School and participate in studio workshops and lectures over the academic year.  Any schools and grantors interested in a similar arrangement should contact us for details.
We offer one-day workshops for you and your classes in a variety of studio areas. These sessions utilize our regular facilities and are taught by our faculty. Cost to students is minimal and many supplies are provided by the Hartford Art School. Transportation is arranged by your school as a field trip. These workshops are generally offered on Fridays and are approximately three to four hours long. Parental permission is required and for life drawing classes. We can also arrange for teacher workshops in any studio area.

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