LaGuardia Art Portfolio Development and Review

Kweller Prep Laguardia Portfolio Review and Development Sessions

Kweller Prep’s Laguardia Portfolio Development and Review Sessions

Laguardia Portfolio

Session Options:

One on One Tutoring: $100 per hour at Kweller Queens (5 Hour Minimum) OR

One on One Tutoring: $150 per hour at Kweller Manhattan (5 Hour Minimum) OR

Portfolio Review: $200 for one hour at Kweller Queens OR

Portfolio Review: $250 for one hour at Kweller Manhattan


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Laguardia HS Portfolios

LaGuardia High School Art Portfolio (That Got Accepted!)

Laguardia High School Fine Arts Portfolio

About Laguardia High School

LaGuardia Arts was the first school in the nation to provide a free, publicly funded program for students with unique talents in the arts. This model has been replicated in most major cities throughout the country.

The school has earned an international reputation for excellence, the accomplishments of our graduates serving as the most vivid proof of the value and worth of our specialized programs of instruction. Our alumni have distinguished themselves in virtually every field of endeavor, including the arts and sciences as well as public service and other professions.

About the Laguardia Art Portfolio

Applicants must bring a portfolio of 8-15 pieces of original artwork done in a variety of media. The artwork should be from observation, imagination, and memory, and labeled appropriately. Photographs—not originals—of three- dimensional (3D) works may be included.

For the audition, applicants will be given three drawing assignments, including drawing the human figure from observation, drawing a still life from memory, and creating a drawing in color based on imagination. All drawing materials for auditions will be supplied by the school at the time of the audition.

Fine Arts FAQ’s

Q1: How can I prepare to take the test?

A: Some applicants find it helpful to practice the drawing prompts in 20 minutes segments. Here are some examples to help you prepare:

  • Set up a series of still life drawing problems: first, a single object such as a pair of eye glasses or a shoe; then use two objects, then three, and so on.
  • Work with crayons or Cray-Pas to illustrate street scenes, crowd scenes, and portraits.

Q2: What does the portfolio tell the examiners?

A: The portfolio demonstrates ability, seriousness and depth of interest.

Q3: Will I have an opportunity to discuss my portfolio?

A: No. Applicants will have their portfolios scored while they complete the live audition.

Q4: What are the examiners looking for in the test?

A: The examiners look for creativity and the ability to draw from observation, compose a picture on the page, and use color in an effective way.

What does the student bring to the test?

The portfolio, pencil, pen, and admission ticket. All drawing materials for the audition will be supplied by the school at the audition.

Q6: What are the procedures in the test room?

A: Applicants are assigned to an art classroom where there are art tables and drawing materials. While students are working, there are examiners reviewing the portfolios in another location. All portfolios are returned to the applicant at the end of the exam.

About the HS of Art and Design Portfolio

Portfolio Guidelines: Commercial Art, Illustration, Graphic Design, Cartooning, Animation, Fashion Design, Digital Photography, Game Design

What you could include:

  1. Drawings from observation (we always look for at least two)
  2. Artwork may include the following:
    • Abstract design
    • Still lifes
    • Landscapes or Cityscapes
    • Self portrait
    • Photography
    • Fashion designs
    • Cartoons
  3. Artwork done independently
  4. Artwork done in school
  5. Show a variety of media
  6. Your sketchbook full of ideas and interests

The best portfolios have:

  1. Neatly presented artwork
  2. Art from observation
  3. A sketchbook
  4. 8-12 artworks (variety: portfolios should have different subject matter, not only one kind of drawing)

What you should bring on the day of our audition:

  1. Your portfolio
  2. Latest copy of your report card and attendance record
  3. Letters of recommendation (optional)
  4. Sharpened pencils
  5. An eraser
  6. A winning attitude!

Portfolio guidelines: Architectural Design Details: Study includes structures, space, color, form. Focus on hand drafting, architectural design, model making and sketching, AutoCAD instruction. Seniors complete city planning design project to address current zoning issues. Visits to museums, professional studios; visiting professionals. Participation in various Center for Architecture competitions.

Audition information: Portfolio with 10-12 pieces of original artwork created from observation and students’ own imagination with a diversity of subject matter and use of media (look at the suggestions for commercial art). Please include examples of line drawings as well as value studies of geometric shapes and form. You should also include a drawing of your neighborhood and a plan of your bedroom or your apartment. Three-dimensional pieces can be photographed. You will be required to draw from observation and memory.

Film/Video Production: Portfolio Requirements Details: Studio-based curriculum includes pre-production, production, and post-production. Through hands-on filmmaking, students learn film theory, film analysis, scriptwriting, editing in Adobe Premiere Pro, and gain industry-based technical and theoretical knowledge. Students have access to state of the art equipment. Participation in contests, film festivals; visiting artist and professionals.

Audition information: Portfolio including:

  1. Two storyboards (a minimum of ten frames each) depicting a short scene from your imagination. The frames can be either hand-drawn or photographs that you have taken yourself).
  2. Also submit a 500-word essay describing your interest in filmmaking OR a short story from your imagination.
  3. Also submit a sample of any film or films you have participated in. Films should be submitted on a USB thumb drive, in .mov or .mp4 format. Please make sure to describe your role in the making of the film on a separate sheet of paper. At the audition students will be given a description of a short action and will be asked to draw a storyboard on the spot.

Frank Sinatra Portfolio Requirements

Frank Sinatra’s core curriculum includes an intensive study of art, including production, history, development of self and assessment skills.

Courses of study include:

  • drawing
  • painting
  • ceramics
  • 3d design
  • graphic design
  • communication arts
  • print making
  • photography

Program is enriched by museum and gallery visits and partnerships with cultural institutions.

Frank Sinatra’s Audition Requirements:

Present a portfolio with 10-15 pieces of original work created from observation and from students own imagination, with diversity of subject matter and use of media, including examples of line, value and color.


The information here is simply a guide for parents and families interested in the Kweller Prep Program. We cannot promise this information is entirely accurate. To the best of our knowledge, however, it is.


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