Whether you are thinking about Animation, Engineering, Fashion Design, Illustration, or other programs,  a strong portfolio will provide you with an advantage. 

Portfolio Development Program

Fall 2019- Spring 2020
(Grades 10-12- Gap Year)

Designed for students who are preparing to submit a portfolio for college or job
application, the program provides the opportunity for students to work on their
skills and to produce portfolio quality artworks in Observation Drawing,
Figure/Portrait Drawing and 2D-Conceptual Design/Visual Thinking.

Each topic concentrated course combines conceptual, critical and creative thinking
for the imagination crucial in developing a personal vision to create quality works of
art and promotes verbal/visual vocabulary, strong technical and communication
skills for storytelling.

Students are required to attend 2 hour instruction sessions and addition 4
hours of independent studio work supported by our highly qualified instructors.


Full Year Program is comprised of the following subject areas:

Observation Drawing
Focus topics include composition, proportion, value relationships, edge
relationships, modeling, materials, stylization and perspective drawing.

Figure Drawing/Portrait
Development of work that represents observation, representation skills of
the study of human body.

2D Design- Concept Development
Methods, processes, and conceptual thinking regarding solving graphic design
problems. Study of color and mastery in concept, composition, and execution of

Summer Portfolio Intensive

June 15-Aug 21

Students who are short on time to prepare their portfolio for college or those wishing to better their skills in preparation for AP programs we suggest our summer portfolio intensive program. Students receive dedicated time and instruction towards the development of core skills requisite for building strong college preparatory portfolios and becoming well rounded critical thinkers. The program is individualized based on initial evaluation of student work, skills and objectives

Accelerated Portfolio Development Program

(Jan 28 - May 30)
(3hour instruction+6 hours supervised studio work weekly)

This course is designed for students who are in the final phases of college application and portfolio submission. The programs’ topics will be assigned in specific areas of each students’ needs and their chosen college requirements.The program is designed to provide students the opportunity to choose a concentrated work plan in one or more of the following topics; Painting, Observation Drawing, Figure Drawing and Conceptual Design/Visual thinking. Students are required to attend a 3 hours instruction session and minimum 6 hours of supervised, in studio work weekly.

Some of the schools to which our students have been accepted and attend:
School of Visual Arts
Rhode Island School of Design
VCU School of the Arts
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Maryland Institute College of Art
New York University
University of Maryland
Ringling College of Art and Design
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Savanah College of Art and Design
Laguna College of Art and Design
Syracuse University
Virginia Tech.

For any questions call:

(301) 294-3600

Stone Branch Arts

1331-M Rockville Pike

Rockville, MD 20852

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