Workshop Overview

All artists need a curated portfolio. Whether you are an amateur, a prospective art school candidate, or a professional artist, creating an effective portfolio is important for tracking your progress, honing your skills, and presenting your work.

An artist’s portfolio is the most important element of their application to art school and when they are seeking professional opportunities. With most top art schools accepting 5-30% of applicants, a well-developed portfolio is crucial. It is similarly competitive and crucial for artists looking to display their work in galleries, shows, office buildings, or art residencies. Even if you’re a budding artist, building a portfolio can help you track your progress and hone your technique.

Hodis Learning & Music’s Art Portfolio Workshop will guide students through every step of the art portfolio process in private lessons. The instructor is a professional artist and art teacher who is familiar with application processes for art schools and professional opportunities. By the end of the 4-week program, students will have a fully developed art portfolio and the skills necessary to edit and build future portfolios.


Image of art student painting a sunrise.

Image of art student molding clay to make a ceramic pot during art lessons.

Image of art student sculpting a bust of a man.

Image of art student drawing a portrait for the art portfolio workshop.


  • Painting
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Film & TV Editing


Private Instruction

Students receive personalized support from an expert art teacher to hone their portfolio building skills.



In-home or at a public library:

  • South Pasadena
  • Pasadena
  • San Marino
  • Alhambra

Zoom Sessions: Anywhere!


$480 for 8 hours of instruction ($60 per hour)



  • 4 Weeks of private lessons
  • 2 hours one-on-one per week



*The listed duration and frequency of sessions is a suggestion and can be adjusted to fit your student’s needs. You are not locked into a set number of sessions. The first session is billed separately and subsequent sessions are billed on a monthly basis.


Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the elements of an art portfolio
  • Identify and analyze well-composed portfolios
  • Speak about your body of work
  • Refine your technical skills
  • Develop art writing skills
  • Tailor your portfolio to specific programs and application processes
  • Generate a portfolio that is ready for submission

Who Should Attend

This workshop is for artists of all skill-levels and career stages:

  • Budding artists will find the process helpful for developing their skills and tracking their progress
  • Prospective art students will gain valuable insights and increase their chances of art school admission
  • Those looking to earn money for their art will further develop their skills while receiving advice and support to pursue professional opportunities

Program Highlights

Hodis Learning & Music’s Art Portfolio Workshop is for those who wish to build an effective portfolio. The workshop focuses on the student’s needs and tackles each area one step at a time.

Begin your art portfolio workshop journey. Assess program-specific requirements, create a tailored art portfolio plan, analyze successful art portfolios, identify your best art pieces, create art pieces to flesh out your portfolio, craft effecive portfolio wrtings, organize your work into a cohesive body, complete a portfolio that is ready for submission.



Customize your workshop. You and your art teacher will assess your needs to tailor the art workshop. Meet where it is convenient for you. Choose to meet 2-3 hours a week for your art portfolio workshop.


Gwen H.

Workshop Instructor

Photo of academic tutor and art teacher, Gwen H.


Gwen Hollingsworth is a painter living and working in Los Angeles, California. Her work investigates the presence of spiritual phenomena in everyday circumstances as a way of interpreting omens and discovering new ways of being.

She received her B.A. from UCLA with a degree in Art and Art History. She has extensive experience teaching fine art classes in various media. She has taught at several art centers throughout Los Angeles specializing in creating portfolios for selective arts colleges’ admission. She was previously an Art Instructor at Tierra del Sol Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to championing the inclusion and value for all individuals with disabilities through creative pathways to employment, education, and the arts.

Her work will be included in forthcoming exhibitions at Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles; Roberts Projects, Los Angeles; and Loyal Gallery, Stockholm.



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