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June 24 – August 1, 2019
We are now in week 4 of 6
Explore our 11 services for artists
Our studio program features deep craft training in over 30 different media. The practitioner works through our skills-centered syllabi, while receiving age-appropriate individual instruction at all times, in a small group setting that also allows for peer-to-peer learning experiences.
Our outings help practitioners develop field-based skills and sensibilities far beyond the controlled space of the studio. To date, the AAHP staff has practiced and taught our students and visiting interns across the northeast USA, Puerto Rico, China, and Africa.
Our 8th Week Explorations and other group presentations allow practitioners to tackle complex methodological and procedural challenges as part of problem-solving groups.
AAHP practitioners enjoy opportunities to organize and present solo art shows as formal public exhibitions, including opening receptions and public talks. This service is provided free to currently enrolled students and alumni.
We can help your high-achieving teen prepare powerfully for his or her college applications.
At our studios, your teen can fully build, or finalize, both digital and hard-copy portfolios to enhance all college apps.
Call us now if your teen is interested in architecture, design, visual communication, graphic arts, fine arts, fashion, animation and gaming, liberal arts, science, and/or engineering.*
Our Portfolio Prep Program (P³) offers the student expert tooling, guidance and training across the high school years. The P³ centers on our specialized, multi-year Portfolio Course. It also offers additional means of support and guidance, for both the student and parents. P³ includes the following services:
1. College/Employment consultations
2. Portfolio Information Packet
3. Portfolio Prep Course
4. Essay critiques and tutoring
5. Photography and editing of the student’s portfolio projects
6. Strong recommendation letters
Our P³ has a 10-year history of successes, and has helped students gain admissions and scholarships to the Berkley School of Architecture, the Pratt School of Architecture, the Fashion Institute of Design, Parson School of Design, Moore College of Art & Design, the Art Institute of Philadelphia, New York’s SVA, Maryland’s MICA, Georgia’s SCAD, and Rhode Island’s RISDI. In addition to gaining coveted admissions, our practitioners also often win top scholarships.
Our students have also used our P³ to apply to top pre-college programs at FIT, RISDI and Pratt; all gained full admission.
The prospective teen student must sustain a 4.0 grade point average, and enter the P³ at age 14, or no later than the first year of high school. He or she then enrolls in our two-hr/wk program, all offered at highly competitive rates, as posted online. No other fees apply.
Visit our website’s P³ pages for other eligibility requirements, and then call for a free, 1-hr conversation with our staff. Your youngster is also welcomed to take a free, one-hr studio class with us, by separate appointment.
The P³ is operated by A.E. Soto-Canino, Princeton University Class of ’85, award-winning writer, award-winning artist, and Director, Chief instructor and Chief Safety Officer of the AAHP.
* Please determine, in advance, whether the science or engineering programs of interest to your teen indeed accept supporting materials, such as portfolios. Many do. A few do not. Most recently, we helped our students gain admissions to engineering programs at Rutgers University, Columbia University, and Carnegie Mellon University.
The AAHP is happy to offer Portfolio and career consultations to artists, art students, and others searching for employment in the arts. These consultations will be held on site, at the AAHP. The Artist is invited to bring samples of his/her art, photos, portfolios, etc.
The AAHP provides approximately 30 entry-level, longer-term paid jobs for qualified and trained teens in any studio year. Our three youth employment programs cover tech work, teacher assistantships, and studio management, and center on safety, leadership, and entrepreneurial training for teens.
The AAHP provides strong training in the ethics and practice of volunteerism for causes larger than one’s own needs and interests, and which enrich the community as a whole. Opportunities for children, teens, and adults wishing to volunteer for its own sake, or to satisfy civic requirements set by school, houses of worship, etc., may include, for example, working with our special needs artists, and assisting practitioners with English as a second language.
The AAHP has taught young, special needs artists for free ever since the studio first opened almost 20 years ago. We serve up to five extraordinarily creative youngsters who love artistic practice.
For some 20 years, the AAHP has provided scholarships for youngsters from families facing chronic difficulties at home. We serve up to five young practitioners on any year by providing free professional gear and free instruction.