Calling All Art Students: Portfolio in a Pinch with a Pro.

For students looking to create a strong portfolio for either a college or academic program, Visual Arts Center is offering a 10-week session beginning January 9 to boost their portfolios. Each week students will create a work of art in a variety of media such as charcoal, pencil, watercolor, acrylics, and even sculpture. By the end of the semester students will have 7-10 pieces that they can use toward their portfolio, along with the knowledge of how to photograph and present their work in a cohesive way, All materials provided.

The class is taught by local artist, Andrea Gianchiglia.  Gianchiglia graduated from the Hartford Art School receiving a BFA in illustration with a minor in art history. Andrea works as a full time artist with private commissions and freelance illustration, as well as an art instructor at various art facilities throughout New Jersey. She is represented at Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery and has had both individual and group shows throughout New Jersey and the tri-state area. She has won several awards for her specialty, animal portraiture at various national juried shows and is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, the Pastel Society of America, the Salmagundi Club, and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She was also recently flown out to Denver to film her online class “The Art of Painting Horses” at studios.

To register, visit VACNJ.

Visual Art Center of NJ, 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901

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Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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