Saturday Senior Portfolio Class

Project Open Door's Portfolio sequence of classes are free and open by application and interview to teens attending any public or charter high school in a Rhode Island urban core city - Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, or Woonsocket. Classes take place on Saturday mornings (9:00am-12:00pm) and are taught by college faculty, supported by RISD undergraduate teaching assistants. The classes are designed for teens interested in going to college after high school and who are interested in expanding their artistic abilities and their knowledge about art and design.

Project Open Door's Senior Portfolio class is designed specifically for the needs of high school graduating seniors and has a four-fold focus: (1) it builds on the work and experiences of the foundational Portfolio class, (2) it encourages the development of students' individual creative voice, (3) it guides students in the production of competitive portfolios of work, and (4) it supports students in the development of multiple successful college applications.

In addition to Saturday morning classes, Senior Portfolio teens also have access to Open Studios at RISD, which are scheduled on weekday afternoons from 3:00pm-5:00pm.  Our teens are provided RISD IDs, which enable them to travel to and from RISD at no cost using a Rhode Island Public Transport (RIPTA) bus; further, the ID gives teens free access to the RISD Museum of Art as well as RISD's Fleet Library. In addition to Saturday classes and Open Studios, Project Open Door's Senior Portfolio teens have opportunities to make college visits, attend National Portfolio Day in Boston, and make museum and gallery visits, including an annual visit to New York. Project Open Door also provides its teens with the opportunity to participate in week-long summer intensive studios

Hope High School, Providence Senior Portfolio student Jessica begins to construct her self-portrait in cardboard inspired by random adjectives.

Hope High School, Providence Senior Portfolio student Jessica begins to construct her self-portrait in cardboard inspired by random adjectives.