Spark Portfolio Prep program has worked with dozens of middle school students to assist with the portfolio process.

It is our intention to mindfully help students AND parents navigate the portfolio process by preparing your

child and their portfolio for review. Spark gives direction and provides support to the student for both

the creative aspects as well as meeting all portfolio requirements for the desired school auditions.

Its never too early to start planning a portfolio!

Spark has a 90% success acceptance rate for our student's first-choice schools at the following specialized high schools:


Audition: November 2/3

Audition: November 15/16

Audition: November 30th 

Portfolio Review:  $300 


Schools require 10-12 pieces are needed for most portfolios showing a variety of observational and imaginative drawing spread across various mediums.


To begin, we start with a 1-hour planning consultation where we have the opportunity to sit down with your current portfolio and one of our Spark teachers to discuss the scope of the project including:


• Specific portfolio requirements for your school of choice

• Knowledge of the process and what to expect for the audition

• Review of all current art pieces

• Outline a target list of work to create


After the consultation, you may choose to complete the portfolio either through: 

Semi-Private (Saturdays) or Private Classes (in-home).

Portfolio Prep Classes:


Semi-Private Class: (8 students): 6 weeks (90 minutes)

Location: Spark Montessori Studio: $1000


Private Class*: 6 weeks (90 min) with a  Spark Teaching Artist

Location: In your home: $1250


Private Class*: 6 Week Class (90 min) with

Spark Founder, Sebastian Alappat

Location: Private Home - Alappat Studio: $1600



All Classes include: 


  • Review portfolio and set "goal list " of requirements based on school

  • Continuous review of ongoing portfolio artwork

  • Sketchbook development and exercises

  • Live drawing (clothed models)

  • Interview prep skills and mock interviews

  • Short writing exercises to prep for writing component (if required) 

  • Create the portfolio pieces: mounting, labeling, and professional display


* Privates are scheduled on a mutually agreeable time for both family and teacher.

** Payment:  half of  payment due prior to the program start. Balance due upon completion.

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