Portfolio Coaching

I'm pleased to offer private portfolio development services to high school students grades 9-12 in the DC metro area. Portfolio Coaching/Consulting is very different than art lessons which are usually just canned projects that everyone in the class does. Portfolio Coaching/Consulting is focused on developing your (or your child's) personal artistic vision and assisting them with finding the right post-secondary art program to develop that vision. Its kind of like combining the best art teacher you ever had with a great school counselor!

Email me for more information.

I offer a range of services which include:
*Regularly scheduled portfolio development consultations (bi-weekly or monthly) to improve your concept and craft
*Individually tailored coaching based on skill level, conceptual development and grade level.
*Guidance on setting/reaching goals for your artwork
*Guidance on finding the right post secondary art program to meet your goals /improve your skills
*Guidance on the college application process
*Guidance on creating a digital portfolio for college admission (complete digital portfolio services are also available)
*Assistance with preparing portfolios for scholarships/competitions
*Web-based Portfolio Development
*Specially priced all-inclusive packages for an entire junior or senior year!

My rates are competitive with DC Area tutoring rates. Email me for more information.

John M Adams is a Washington, DC Area artist and art educator who received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from James Madison University. In addition to 11.5 years of experience teaching High School in Fairfax County; Adams worked in Instructional Services for FCPS and has taught on both undergraduate and graduate levels. His students have been very successful in the regional and national levels of the Scholastic Art Awards (over 60 total) while developing the portfolios that got them into the right art program to reach their goals as artists.
Adams currently maintains a studio in Arlington, VA and lives in Reston, VA. As an artist he has received numerous honors including a Graduate Fellowship for Painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a Strauss Fellowship from the Arts Council of Fairfax. Adams artwork has been praised multiple times by Washington Post Art/Film critic Michael O’Sullivan. His artwork can be found in private and corporate collections from Richmond to Manhattan including the John A. Wilson building (DC City Hall) Collection in addition to the DCCAH Art Bank Collection and Arlington County Small Works Collection. Adams is currently the Director of Education at the Greater Reston Arts Center.