Summer Pre-Collegiate ProgramThe Summer Pre-collegiate Program awards winners of the Hartford Youth Art Renaissance high school portfolio competition with full scholarships to the Hartford Art School’s Summer Portfolio Program, a 4-week course designed to help students prepare their portfolios for college admissions. The scholarship includes tuition, supplies, transportation, and a weekly stipend. All course participants visit the museum to draw in the galleries, participate in docent-guided tours, and go behind-the-scenes with staff.
Student ProfileAndres Reyes Wadsworth Scholarships received 2011 and 2012 Art Start Award received 2014 Accepted into Hartford Art School 2014
Since I won the scholarship from the museum, my dream has been to get accepted into the Hartford Art School. When I first started the summer program, my art just got better and better. The point is art is just a part of me. The scholarship opened the door for people to look at me and see my skills and talents.
Past Scholarship Winners
[This program] will give you a new look on art. You go deep into it. Like REALLY deep. You will be a mini-Picasso at the end. Guaranteed. I think anyone who is thinking of pursuing an art career should do a program like this.
— Shamoya Hanson, 2015, Grade 12, Journalism and Media Academy
It was a good four weeks of [learning] new art skills. I never knew I could do the stuff we did in class…I think I am ready for the future. This program helped me become a better artist and a better person. Now I can show my art skills to the whole world. I feel ready to take the next step because I’m confident about myself. This program inspired me to reach my future goal in life and that is to become an art teacher or an artist.
— Alfonzo Knight, 2012, Grade 10, Our Piece of the Pie/Opportunity High
My experience at the Hartford Art School was extremely amazing. I learned so much… (and)…it gave me the confidence I needed to…(apply) to art school. Not only did this build up my skill level but the techniques they showed us were really useful. The scholarship really helped because I know I wouldn’t be attending this program without it. My art teacher was really proud and so was my family. My favorite part about coming to the Wadsworth was being able to draw from portraits, to see all the masterworks it was a very humbling experience. This program made me realize how much I love art and no matter what art will always be the direction I want to go in
— Marlena Garza, 2010, Grade 11, Classical Magnet