HSA Power Portfolio 2019 is a week-long intensive for middle school and high school students interested in Comic Book Illustration who are looking to build their portfolio for application to NYC arts high schools or top art universities.

In this week-long intensive, students spend every day focusing on observational drawing and comic book illustration. Students will learn and strengthen skills in figure drawing, perspective drawing, character development, storyboarding, composition, color theory, and more.

There are two age groups (10 -13 and 14 – 18) with each group geared towards their skill level and developmental stage.

All students receive:
● A sketchbook
● (1) T-shirt
● A lesson on how to document and present their work
● The opportunity to visit with professional(s) in their field
● A chance to display their work at the end of session art show


Dates: Monday August 12, 2019 – Friday, August 16, 2019 (1 Week)
Days: Monday-Friday
Times: 9:00am -5:00pm

Cost: $750
Early Drop-Off (8-9am) $55 per student
Late Pick-Up (5:00-5:30pm) $40 per student



2. Submit completed registration materials and tuition fees at the time of registration via the following methods:
• In person at HSA (645 Saint Nicholas Avenue at 141st Street, New York NY 10030)
• Phone, call 212.926.4100 x324 or x324



Monday • Comic Book
• Drawing from Observation
• Color Theory
Tuesday • Comic Book
• Drawing from Observation
• Digital Color
Wednesday • Field Trip (TBA)
Thursday • Comic Book
• Drawing from Observation
• Project Time
Friday • How to Document your Artwork
• Project Time
• End-of-Camp Art Exhibit



In our summer session instructors often share and overlap in their various specialized areas.

AK Lovelace is a New York native and Co creator of the Webtoon series City of Walls. He has been a professional comic book artist and illustrator for over 15 years. He has apprenticed under master comic book artist, Mark Morales, and Illustrated for film, television, advertising and publishing. He has also worked in education, and teaches Comic Art at Harlem School of the Arts.



Alonso Diaz Rickards’ artistic practice combines painting and drawing from observation with experiments in digital media and abstraction. As the focus of his both his art and teaching, Alonso emphasizes drawing as an open process of learning, a common language for emerging thought and experimentation.
His work has been shown in the US, Mexico, Canada and Colombia, and he been the recipient of Louisa B. Dreier scholarship for work in the arts and a Rothschild Foundation grant for a site-specific installation.