Archive for the "Portfolio" Category


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The MADLab (Media/Art/Design Lab) – formerly Habilidad, Media Magic and Project Able, is an “earn while you learn” arts career exploration and job skills training program that addresses the needs of youth facing multiple barriers to employment in year-round after-school programs and an intensive 8-week summer session.

Portfolio Development

Each year our students produce thousands of works. Here are just a few from our Portfolio Development program for high school students. [nggallery id=4]

Senior Project

The most rigorous course currently offered at the Art Institute is Senior Project, the capstone of The Art Effect’s portfolio development programming. Modeled after a senior thesis college course, students work on a theme for 12 weeks with an artist/mentor. Students present a new work each week along with touch-ups made to the work from the previous week, generally completing the program with a body of work comprised of 12 pieces. [nggallery id=1]

Spark Studios

Spark Studios Media Producers will learn the ropes of a fully functioning film set while learning workplace skills, receiving training in camera operation and filmmaking techniques, and gaining experience with production software, technology, and the Adobe Creative Suite. Below are videos created during Spark Studios and The Art Effect’s Filmmaking Intensives:
Poughkeepsie, Connected
Santa Woman

Junior Art Instittue

The Junior Art Institute teaches foundational skills necessary for advanced study to students ages 11-14. Below is a gallery of work created by students in the program. [nggallery id=2]