Polished and Primed Portfolios

What is PPP?

Polished and Primed Portfolios is a free art class for artists in grades 6-8. Implemented in 2017, PPP is a portfolio-building class, which is especially helpful for middle school students who plan to apply to the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, for those who plan to make a career out of art, or future art school college students. Students will be able to enhance their observation and technical art skills through mentoring and art experiences. They will also be acquainted with art from the WCMFA collection, as well as rotating exhibitions on view, and utilize observed techniques and styles in their own work or as inspiration. PPP has a strong emphasis on the critique, analysis, and in-depth discussion of works of art. The class size of PPP is smaller than that of SMYP, allowing for a more individualized attention between teacher and student.

As part of the PPP curriculum, the classroom will be visited by 3 professional artists and will include at least one field trip to a regional arts institution, college/university art department, professional artist’s studio, etc.

PPP is free for all students. All supplies are provided. This program is graciously sponsored by the Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund.

You may register your child for PPP even if they did not partake in SMYP. All middle school students are welcome!

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall PPP program. Click here to download an application.

Dates: Saturdays, September 25 – November 13, 2021
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Deadline for applying: Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Fall PPP session will take place in-person. All students and teachers are required to wear masks over the mouth and nose while inside the museum.


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