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Building a Portfolio Art Class

Summer 2016 Session

Monday, July 18–Friday, July 22, and Monday, July 25–Friday, July 29, 2016

Photograph by Tom Loonan

This intensive, two-week art class, taught by an artist, is intended for students who are becoming serious about the visual arts and/or preparing for college applications. The emphasis will be on developing skills and style in drawing, painting, and sculpture and completing several pieces that could be included in a portfolio for college admission.

We are offering two sessions: A morning session (9 am–noon) and an afternoon session (1–4 pm). Both sessions are open to students ages 13–18.

Morning Session
July 18–22, and July 25–29, 2016, 9 am–noon
$175 / $125 for Members
Instructor: Elizabeth Gemperlein 

Afternoon Session 
July 18–22, and July 25–29, 2016, 1–4 pm
$175 / $125 for Members
Instructor: Elizabeth Gemperlein


Each session is limited to fifteen students. Registration and pre-payment for the complete session are required. Refunds will not be given for missed classes within the session. To register, please call 716.270.8292. You can also register in person at the Albright-Knox Admissions Desk. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email one week before class begins.

The deadline for registration is Friday, July 1, 2016. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery reserves the right to cancel classes due to low registration numbers.


A limited number of scholarships are available both sessions. They will be awarded to students (ages 13–18) who can demonstrate financial need. Financial need can be demonstrated by a reduced lunch form, a letter from a social service agency or clergy member, or another document indicating that the combined family income is $55,000 or below. Scholarships generously provided by the First Niagara Foundation.

Scholarship Application (PDF)

Please complete the application and mail it to: 

Education Department
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
1285 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14222

All information provided on this application will be kept confidential. For questions, please contact Education Program Coordinator Elizabeth Bryson at 716.270.8201.

The deadline for scholarship applications is Friday, July 1, 2016.

AK Teens is presented by the First Niagara Foundation.