Portfolio Preparation

Natasha and Miyuki at Bayview SS

Meet Miyuki Yamada, our newest featured student! Miyuki may have started taking art classes only in recent years, but her talent and work ethic has gotten her into Pratt Institute, ranked one of the best universities in the United States for art and design. She has been taking Richmond Hill Art School’s Portfolio Preparation classes with esteemed artist, Andrew Sookrah, and it has paid off. This 18 year-old will be in New York City fostering her artistic talent with some of the best in the world. We are wishing Miyuki good luck in her future endeavors!

Portfolio Preparation


How did you get into art?

I started considering art as a career when I took some art courses in Japan in the summer of 2013 after finishing Grade 10. Up until then, art was more of a hobby for me.

What do you most like about art?

I like the struggles and challenges I go through when attempting to translate my ideas solely through art. This forces me to try new methods and mediums.

How do you like the classes at Richmond Hill Art School?

The teachers introduce me to various mediums that I don’t have any experience with.

What is your favourite medium?

My favourite mediums are oil paint, acrylic, and pencils. These are the mediums I work the most with.

Portfolio Preparation


What is the most important thing that you have learned from RHAS?

RHAS has taught me to be more proactive. This includes simple things such as asking more questions to teachers to exposing myself to different art and artists by visiting more galleries.

How has RHAS prepared you for university?

The teachers at RHAS have helped me alot in the university process. With their guidance and expertise, I had prepared artwork using various mediums which is a common requirement for university portfolios.

What would you like to do with art/your art in the future?

I would like to use art to visually translate my ideas, in which the audience would be able to understand my messages just through pictures.