Portfolio Development: Building Your Digital Framework



Every professional needs a portfolio and, in today’s competitive landscape for college admissions, internships, scholarships, and jobs, so do students. Beginning with the creation of a homepage, students will reflect on who they are as an artist/student, introducing themselves, their work, and their goals. Writing and graphics will be integrated in the opening section and throughout the portfolio. Students may choose to show both process and finished product. In short, students will become digital storytellers.

Portfolios provide an advantage and a critical annotation and reinforcement of a resumé or school transcript. In this course, students will conceptualize and build a digital portfolio that provides both formative and summative assessment of their art.


Ages:  Grades 9 – 12
Dates:  Mondays and Thursdays, June 15 – July 9 (4 weeks)
Times:  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tuition:  $300
Location:  Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)


Course Schedule

Week 1
What, exactly, is a portfolio, and why do I need one?
Week 2
Looking for inspiration from great portfolio role models
Week 3
Intro to Artist and Work • Creating a Homepage • Choosing a Palette
Week 4
Building sections
Adding a menu bar…what do I really want to include?
Content Planning: The value of showing both products & process




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Instructor: Anne Pennewell Sharp
Writer, Editor, and Educator
Read about Ms. Sharp

Anne Pennewell Sharp was raised on Chincoteague Island and is a 1982 graduate of The College of William and Mary. While in college, she was a reporter for The Flat Hat and The Richmond Times-Dispatch, and played clarinet in the band, where she met Barry Sharp. They have marched together ever since and are proud parents of Katie Sharp.

A writer, editor, and educator, Ms. Sharp has taught English and journalism in the Virginia Beach and Fairfax County Public School Systems. She currently teaches writing and literature courses at Compass Homeschool in Oakton and at Ideaventions Academy for Mathematics and Science in Reston, VA.

Journalistic writing has always been a passion for Ms. Sharp, and she and Barry worked with The Charles Center at William and Mary to establish a nonfiction seminar that partners students with working journalists. The Sharp Seminar, in collaboration with The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, provides writing-centric undergraduate research opportunities that culminate in published articles about local, national, and global issues.

Ms. Sharp has served on the boards of the William and Mary Foundation, George Mason University’s Friends of Music, Mason Community Arts Academy, and Fairfax City AAUW. She is a member of the Society of 1918, Alpha Delta Kappa, and P.E.O. International.






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