PortPrep - Arts and Animation Portfolio Camp

84 Wyndham St No Guelph, Ontario, N1H 3V7 (view map)

14 to 26 (Coed )
Day Camp, Overnight Camp
Visual arts (multi)
$50 to $1,995


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PortPrep - Arts and Animation Portfolio Camp

The Art and Animation Portfolio Camp that Gets Results! The art camp for teens who are serious about animation and the arts. If your kid needs to make a portfolio for art or design college this is the camp to sign up for. Your teen will learn the fundamental skills needed to prepare a portfolio for their dream school. Lodging available upon request.

The Our Kids review of PortPrep - Arts and Animation Portfolio Camp


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. 

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Overnight Camp
Ages: 14 - 18+
Drawing $50 to $1,995
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Aug 06-18 $50 - $1,995
Architecture|Instructor lead (group)|Painting|Drawing|Animation / 3D design
Day Camp
Ages: 14 - 18+
Animation / 3D design $50 to $1,995
84 Wyndham St No
Aug 06-18 $50 - $1,995
Architecture|Instructor lead (group)|Painting|Drawing|Animation / 3D design
Day Camp
Ages: 14 - 18+
Animation / 3D design $40 to $55
84 Wyndham St No
Aug 18-18 $40 - $55
Architecture|Instructor lead (group)|Painting|Drawing|Animation / 3D design
Instructor lead (group)|Photo/Video|Drawing|Fantasy/superhero|Acting Film & TV|Animation / 3D design

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84 Wyndham St No, Guelph, Ontario


PortPrep - Arts and Animation Portfolio Camp
PortPrep - Arts and Animation Portfolio Camp
84 Wyndham St No Guelph, Ontario, N1H 3V7
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Karen Kesteloot

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Sleeping Accommodations

  • Dorm or Building


  • Electricity in Sleeping Area
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  • Toilet in Sleeping Area

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  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Upcoming Events

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  • May 31, 2019EARLY BIRD SALE
    PortPrep - Arts and Animation Portfolio Camp, 84 Wyndham St No, Guelph, Ontario
    Register by Friday, May 31 from - 12:00 pm Animation Portfolio Camp Tuition Early Bird Discount Concludes. Save $150 off the full price tuition! Now ONLY $1845 for a limited time. REGISTER BEFORE MAY 31ST TO SAVE $ AND A SPOT IN PORTPREP'S ANIMATION SUMMER CAMP!

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

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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%

Stories & Testimonials


Rebecca Gets Accepted to Sheridan Animation!expand

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 Minuteexpand

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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October 25, 2016 - Guelph Business Gets Kids into Art College

The results are rolling in, local and international art students are turning to Portprep for help getting into their chosen art college. ...

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