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Oogie Art: Art Portfolio Development School:
One of the largest, and most successful art portfolio development schools in the United States, Oogie Art has conveniently-situated studios in Midtown Manhattan, Queens NY, and Bergen County, Northern New Jersey. Through our year-round art portfolio preparation programs and art classes for elementary school students through to high school students (Grades 5-12), international high school students and undergrad college transfer students, we have helped hundreds of students to gain admission into top fine arts schools, visual arts schools and colleges of design.

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86% of our students are admitted to their first choice college; and 100% of our students are admitted to top 50 colleges.

Gain Entry to Top Art Schools & Design Colleges:

Photo of Art Classes / Art Portfolio Prep in NYC“Oogie Art guides young artists to greater heights of artistic creation.”
- NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 2004

The aim of our art portfolio development classes is to help you to create an extraordinary body of artworks that will round out your art school applications, prepare you for life in a top art college, and strengthen the impression you make on admissions & scholarship committees.

Because we have spent decades refining our approach, you can expect extraordinary admissions results. Almost half of our students take our classes to increase their chances of getting into an Ivy League college.

Oogie Art has helped hundreds of students gain admission to top programs at Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, NYU, UPenn, Brown, Dartmouth, Duke, Cornell, FIT, Pratt, Parsons, Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, Cooper Union, RISD, SAIC, and SVA with over $28 million in scholarships over the past 10 years.

Year-round Art & Design College Preparation Programs & Art Classes:

Image of Art Classes / Art Portfolio Prep in NYCAvailable to students in Grades 5-12, international students & college transfer students

- We provide weekday, evening and weekend (Saturday) art classes in subjects that include Art Portfolio Preparation, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Fashion Design, Illustration, Film & Animation, Mixed Media & Collage, AP Art Prep & more..
- Registration on a monthly basis
- Students take 4-28 classes a month
- World-class instructors

Why Study at Oogie Art Academy? 

- Build Strong Foundations
Every successful art portfolio is built on a firm understanding of the basics. Establish a solid understanding of the basics through a series of observational drawing projects that equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to grow as an artist. 

- Find Your Creative Voice
By referring you to the contemporary artists, artworks, and themes that relate most to your own ideas, you’ll be encouraged to express yourself with more clarity, purpose and vision. 

- Build an Art Portfolio that is uniquely yours
Students at Oogie Art follow a curriculum that is specifically based on their level of ability, intended colleges, time horizons, and intended major. We’ll always leave how fast you advance through your curriculum up to you. We hold in-class critiques, international museum workshops, and targeted seminars every year to help you talk and write about your work more effectively. 

- Small Class Sizes
The average student-teacher ratio per class is 9:1. We keep our class sizes small to ensure that you receive the individualized attention that you need. An instructor will always be close by to answer any questions you may have, providing guidance and demonstrating techniques. 

- Experiment and Explore
In our studios, we encourage research, exploration and experimentation. We’ll also encourage you to venture out of your comfort zones and develop a flexibility of mind. Expand your vocabulary of techniques by working with unconventional materials and media.

- Track Your Progress
Outside of class, you and your parents can track the development of your artworks, ask questions and request feedback 24/7 using our online portfolioTrack™ system.

Messages from Oogie Art:

"What may separate my approach from other approaches could be the fact that I have travelled not only the path of an educator, but I have lived the life of an artist as well...Years of not settling on a singular approach to art-making, I've realized, has empowered me as an art instructor with ideas that are free-form and almost always beyond the constraints of a particular set of histories or media."
- Wook Choi, President & Founder of Oogie Art

"As an instructor at Oogie Art, I try to teach my students first and foremost how to be problem solvers. Any aesthetic or technical choice in art requires precision and forethought, and many times the creative process is often studded with mistakes. Through our portfolio preparatory program, I encourage my students to explore, experiment, and face challenges in their artistry.

Only through recognizing, and learning from, their mistakes can our students truly grow as artists. And at Oogie Art, we give them a comfortable environment and the excellent personalized guidance to help them reach their artistic potential and develop their creative vision."

- Timothy Lee, Watercolor artist & Director of Oogie Art's Bayside school

Student Testimonials:

"I've been coming to Oogie Art for only half a year. I live in Princeton, NJ, and it takes me 1.5-2 hours each way to go to Oogie Art. I like Ms. Choi because she really cares for you, unlike instructors at many other schools. I was afraid to use color, and Ms. Choi knew that - she gave me homework to study color theory and made me practice using colors.

She made me go to Home Depot, which I thought was random, and told me to get lots of wall paint sample cards so I always had a visual reference whenever I was working with color. Thanks to her, I got accepted into my top choice college!"

- Hiann Lee, admitted into SVA with a $62,000 scholarship.

"I went to many other schools before Oogie Art, but none of them were really challenging. Here, I finish better pieces, a lot faster. Every piece I made was better than the last, and I used to come home very satisfied. Oogie Art gives me the time and space to focus only on art. Ms. Choi really challenges you and shows you new concepts and techniques... Honestly, if I hadn't gone to Oogie Art, I would have never, ever, gone into art."
- Alex Khomyakov, admitted into RISD with a $92,000 scholarship.

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