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Animation, Architecture and Illustration Summer Art Camp by PortPrep

42 Carden Street Guelph, Ontario, N1H 3A2 Locations: Virtual Program (view map)

12 to 26 (Coed )
Day camp, Overnight camp
Visual arts (multi)
$50 to $1,995


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Animation, Architecture and Illustration Summer Art Camp by PortPrep

Animation & Architecture Portfolio Camps that Gets Results! Art camps for pre-teens, teens and adults who are serious about animation or architecture. If your kid needs to make a portfolio for animation or architecture school this is the camp for you. Youth Animation: 12- 14. Portfolio Camps: 15 to 26 . Available as day camp & residential camp. Lodging available upon request.

The Our Kids review of Animation, Architecture and Illustration Summer Art Camp by PortPrep


PortPrep doesn’t look like a traditional camp, to be sure, but for those who participate within it, it functions in exactly that way: allowing them to grow into an understanding of who they are, and what they can do, while engaging with people who themselves have made a life in that milieu. Students come from across North America from British Columbia, Alberta, from Maine to Texas and even from as far away as Saudi Arabia. Here they interact with peers and mentors who are at the top of their games. For example, have sessions with Mike L Murphy, the animator who created Gollum from Lord of the Rings, and directed the animated sequences in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, who teaches from his studio in California. Most people don’t know that name, perhaps, but for the kids who gravitate to PortPrep, it’s something akin to a guitar player getting to know Keith Richards.

That experience itself can be transformative, though the goal, as the name implies, is to help young people take the next step toward their personal goals, that is, creating a portfolio that will help gain acceptance to post-secondary animation program. And they do. “You have NO idea how long I've wanted to type out this email,” wrote a past camper to his instructors after gaining a place at Sheridan College. “It feels as unreal as it sounds … You and Garth both gave me a proper start in this huge (and mildly painful) journey and I would've never been able to finally come to this point without your help.” In that, and much else, it's a one-of-a-kind program with a lot to recommend it. 

Session Calendar

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Available Sessions:

Overnight Camp
Ages: 15 - 18+
Animation / 3D design $50 to $1,995
42 Carden Street
Aug 15-28 $50 - $1,995
Architecture|Instructor lead (group)|Painting|Drawing|Animation / 3D design
Overnight Camp
Ages: 12 - 14
Animation / 3D design $50 to $750
42 Carden Street
Aug 17-21 $50 - $750
Architecture|Instructor lead (group)|Painting|Drawing|Animation / 3D design
Overnight Camp
Ages: 16 - 18+
Architecture $50 to $1,000
42 Carden Street
Aug 24-30 $50 - $1,000
Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Animation / 3D design|Credit Courses|Architecture
Instructor lead (group)|Photo/Video|Drawing|Fantasy/superhero|Acting Film & TV|Animation / 3D design

Camp Address
42 Carden Street, Guelph, Ontario
Other locations: Virtual Program


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Reviews & Testimonials

Animation Camp Review
Mary Callaghan — Camp alumni

"I would definitely recommend the animation summer camp. "Everyone there was really into what they were doing. Karen is really passionate about what she does and Garth has a great perspective on everything to do with animation. If I hadn't done the portfolio camp I would not have been nearly as accomplished as I am now. It brought me to a point where I feel happy and confident with what I put in my portfolio." Mary Callaghan

Animation Camp Review
Andrew Wing — Camp alumni

"I would recommend it to other people because it's very open. Their not judging you on what level you are. It's just simply that you come here to draw, you come here to learn and that's what you get!"

Real Life Results After PortPrep Animation Camp
Sam Weinberger — Camp alumni

"I wanted to give you a little update: after graduating Boston U School of Visual Arts with a full ride, I have finally become the real artist that I’ve always wanted to be. :) This summer I landed a design internship in the big apple..right in downtown Manhattan!Thanks again for sticking with me back in the day when I couldn’t draw a straight line - it has really paid off! So excited and I can only thank you for all of your help!"

PortPrep Teachers and Portfolio Coaching Review
Robert Simpson — Parent

"We came away from our first meeting with PortPrep with a warm fuzzy feeling that there was a genuine interest and some genuine care about how our daughter could proceed. It was an interest they had that they knew they had a person they knew they could mold and that she was capable. When she got accepted into Sheridan Animation we all shed a little tear of happiness! It was kinda like I was handing my trust off to make sure she would be steered to where we and she wanted her to go. There's a lot of faith involved in that but I think the finished product was worth the investment and.worth the time. We are very pleased with the experience and again I couldn't recommend it more" think the finished product was worth the investment and.worth the time. We are very pleased with the experience and again I couldn't recommend it more"

Accommodation & Property Details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Dorm or Building


  • Electricity in Sleeping Area
  • Shower in Sleeping Area
  • Toilet in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Director's Message

Karen Kesteloot, Founder and Head Portfolio Coach

At PortPrep's Art and Animation Portfolio Camp  we know how deeply creative people yearn for careers doing what they are passionate about and how challenging that can be. We aim to build the confidence of young artists and designers and set them up with the determination and motivation they’ll need to succeed in their chosen careers. We create fun activities that not only teach the fundamental skills needed to make portfolios with the power to get students accepted into top ranked colleges but give the opportunity to build lasting friendships and peer to peer mentoring.

Cost & Financial Aid

Cost: $50 to $1,995 /2 weeks

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes


Discount if paid in full 10%
Discount if paid early $150
Discount for 2nd child 10%


Student's Accepted to Sheridan, Pratt, and Calarts Animation!

PortPrep's Animation Summer Campers get accepted to their dream college program at Sheridan Animation! We want to  congratulate our hard working students to Chloe and Electra! We also have received the great news from our winter workshop animation portfolio students who received many acceptance offers! Two of our American students were thrilled to receive the good news of their offers; Makena got accepted to Calarts and his friend Michelle finally got accepted to Sheridan Animation with our Animation Teacher Garth Laidlaw's help! International students need to get really high scores of around 90% or over to get accepted into Sheridan. It's very challenging. Michelle almost made it last year on her own but just needed a little extra support to make it this year. We are so glad our guidance helped her with her considerable talent and hard work helped her finally reach her goal of attending Sheridan College next fall.

We were surprised when a student from Kazakhstan reached out to us at PortPrep to help him get accepted to Sheridan Animation this winter. We were so impressed with his unique characters and wonderful drawing ability! It was a joy to help him gain acceptance to his dream school from so far away! Congratulations are due to Diaz!

Getting accepted into schools like Sheridan or Calarts takes a lot of discipline and motivation. This year we coached a group of students that chose to move away from their home country of China to go to high school in Canada with the goal of getting accepted into great North American Art Colleges. We are happy to say that 2 are going to Sheridan and one received multiple acceptance offers to top US schools like Pratt, SVA, Ringling and Chicago Art Institute! We congratulate Melody as she heads off to New York City to study at Pratt, the "Harvard" of American Art Colleges!

We are so honoured to be a part of all of our student's triumphs! We wish all our students well next fall as they head off on this new adventure in their creative lives! And we look forward to meeting a new group of eager young animators at this year's Animation and Illustration Summer Camp! 


Rebecca Gets Accepted to Sheridan Animation!

Want to get into Sheridan's Animation Program? Watch Rebecca Simpson (and family)'s interview to find out how you can make your dreams come true with PortPrep! Becky got accepted into her dream animation program at Sheridan College after taking their winter workshops .Here’s what Becky had to say about their teaching:

"I was accepted into the Animation Program for fall 2015! As hard as I worked on my portfolio, I absolutely owe this acceptance to the two of you. My improvement over the last two months has been unbelievable, and there is no doubt in my mind that I would be where I am with my skills had it not been for your mentoring.I can still remember my first assessment with Karen in December 2014- she told me that, at the skill level I was at, I was about two years away from getting into the program. And now, here I am, four months later accepted on my first try. It's absolutely surreal, and I'm still having trouble believing it, but I wanted to make sure one of the first things I did was thank the two of you. Thank you so much for the time and effort you invested in me. I can't say enough times how grateful I am."

Need more info? Check out the livestream we did with Rebecca at our Summer Portfolio Camp!



Art Portfolio by High School Student Steals Scholarship at Last Minute

Grade twelve graduate Adam Oliphant had an edge over the thousands competing for acceptance into Ryerson University’s Architectural Science Program. He won the PortPrep Art Portfolio Scholarship for 2013. Despite a bad case of fear driven procrastination, Adam got accepted in the top five percent in an early acceptance offer.

Not only did Adam beat his fear and the 30:1 odds but he pulled his winning portfolio together in just two weeks! What did this young man do that enabled him to turn out such great work in such a short time span?

As Ryerson’s application deadline loomed closer; Adam’s fear of failure paralyzed him. “I’m scared," he said. "It's so hard to do it because I can't seem to talk myself into doing it. I'm just too scared to start.”

Adam was stressed; he could feel his childhood dream of becoming an architect slipping away. He had left the compiling of his art portfolio too late like too many students do.

He needed guidance to put the book of images together saying, “I had no idea how to put a portfolio together. All I knew was that it had to be art.  I had to put them in some kind of a book. And the architecture people needed to like it.”

But Adam struck oil by chancing to meet me, the specialized portfolio coach at PortPrep in a figure drawing course at the Guelph School of Art I was teaching. He was selected to be the scholarship winner this year, like graphics student Katie was the previous year.

Despite coming with a scant selection of images and a sketch book, I saw talent and ideas in his work and guided him on what the portfolio reviewers would be looking for. I showed him how to optimize what he had. He came up with a remarkable solution to make these small sketches look impressive and gain him his top ranking at Ryerson.

He cleverlygrouped a variety of concepts, finished sketches and artworks to show he was an ideas man and then bound it in a hard cover glossy paged printed book that made him look stellar. I counseled him to highlight that he had studied at a summer architecture camp at Pennsylvania State University to show his passion and commitment to architecture. They loved it.

Adam was so surprised that he got in the early acceptance group and that he beat out the top art student in his high school!

Adam said, “If you can take no clue, to accepted in the top 5% in a month and a half---that’s pretty impressive...I am so glad that you were there... As long as I can draw something on paper and then walk through it in real life; I think I’ll be happy.”

It feels so fulfilling to help young people achieve their goals. Adam is heading off to Toronto this week to embark on his dream to become an architect. To see more of his story click here or get a Free Portfolio Assessment.


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