Long Beach State University
College of the Arts
School of Art
Art 490: Special Topics in Studio Art: Artist’s Portfolio Websites
Fall Semester 2021
Instructor: Glenn Zucman


Artist’s Portfolio Websites

Art 490 section 1Artist’s Portfolio Websites – Fall 2021

Course in designing, critiquing, and maintaining an Artist’s Portfolio Website. Students will explore a range of platform, aesthetic, and content options. Students will learn online & documentation tools, develop & refine their websites, and interact with classmate websites.

  • Semester: Fall 2021
  • Section 1: Class #7216
  • Online Course: Asynchronous
  • Room: Zoom: https://csulb.zoom.us/my/glennz
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Units: 1
  • Work Estimate: 3 hours / week
  • Course: August 23 — December 10, 2021
  • Final: No formal final. Your “final project” is your portfolio website.
  • Instructor: Glenn Zucman
  • email: glenn.zucman@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours: M Noon – 1:00 pm PDT
  • or by appointment


1-to-1 Meetups w Glenn

  • Meetup #1 – Weeks 1 & 2 – Aug 24 – Sep 5
  • Meetup #2 – Weeks 5 & 6 – Sep 20 – Oct 3
  • Meetup #3 – Weeks 9 & 10 – Oct 18 – Oct 31

I’m available for all the meetups you’d like by email or zoom. These are just our 3 “official” meetups.


Weeks 1 & 2

  • Your Goals
  • Your Menu/Site Map
  • Research A: Websites in your field & Galleries, Companies, Clients & Collectors in your field
  • Research B: Viewer Profiles

Weeks 3 & 4

  • Photograph Your Work
  • Photograph Yourself
  • Write About Yourself
  • Write About Your Work

Weeks 5 & 6

  • Choose a Platform & Domain Name
  • Build Website

Weeks 7 & 8

  • Refine Website
  • More Content
  • Focus Content
  • Clean up: Images, Text, Typography, Design, Menus, Links

Weeks 9 & 10

  • Feedback from Friends & Family
  • Critique w Glenn
  • Critiques w Classmates
  • Revise
  • Repeat
  • Revise
  • Repeat
  • Live a better life!


  • None


The purpose of this course is to design & implement your Portfolio Website. To learn skills and methods that will allow the artist to maintain a current, and contemporary presence online.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Create an Artist’s Portfolio Website
  • Easily & Quickly Update the content of their ePortfolio
  • Change the aesthetics of their ePortfolio presentation
  • Discuss the aesthetics of many different Artist’s ePortfolios
  • Prepare Images & Videos for their ePortfolio
  • Create an online CV (curriculum vitae) or Resume
  • Create an online Artist’s Statement
  • Exchange links with other artists

Format of the Course

  • Online. Asnychronous.



  • Your Laptop

Required Materials

  1. Computer – laptop or desktop. Can use computers in the Horn Center or Spidel Center
  2. Camera – Phone, DSLR, Mirrorless, or Film
  3. Cloud Storage – Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive, etc (free version)
  4. Web Platform – Wix, Squarespace, WordPress, HTML, or anything else you prefer

Online Resources

In addition to whatever Hosting and Cloud Storage platforms you choose, this class will use these online resources:

  1. Course websiteglenn.zucman.com/websites
  2. Live Websites – we will view each other’s websites, many other artists websites, and various other resources online.


Technical Competence Required

You should have the ability to:

  • use a phone and a laptop
  • view websites & navigate to different locations online
  • download and install software on your devices

Minimum Hardware Requirements

Any smartphone and laptop made in the last few years should be sufficient. You can also use the computers in the Spidell Center or the Horn Center.

Minimum Software Requirements

  1. A modern web browser like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, etcetera
  2. Support software, like Photoshop or Adobe Creative Cloud, and perhaps a text editor like Brackets, Notepad++, or Sublime Text.


  • Short Term: I hope you become obsessed with building a great Portfolio Website. But don’t forget the other people in your life and the need for fresh air and exercise. If you’ve been staring at a screen for 20 minutes, it’s a good idea to look at something further away for a minute. If you’ve been working for 2 hours, it’s nice to take a walk around the block before continuing.
  • Long term: “Sitting is the new smoking” — get a treadmill desk! Many of us are headed for careers with a lot of “desk work”. It might be drawing on a tablet in Procreate or working on a laptop/desktop in Creative Cloud. Treadmill desks are easier to assemble than you think. They might help you live longer, and some peeps feel more creative when walking slowly vs just sitting.

Grading & Attendance


  • It’s an asynchronous class! There is no attendance! There is only creating an awesome Portfolio Website for yourself. And a few meetups with Glenn to discuss your Portfolio and your Goals.


  • Attendance: 0
  • Meetups: 3 meetups x 0 points = 0
  • Weekly Activities: 8 projects x 1 point = 8
  • Website 1st Draft: 2
  • Website Final Draft: 10

Total points possible = 20


  • 10 points = A
  • 9 points = B
  • 8 points = C
  • 7 points = D
  • 6 & below = F

Other Details

The right to be forgotten

Sometimes I will feature your website or your work here on the course website. I will never show your work and say this is what not to do. I will only show your work and say Look at what a beautiful job Maddy did last week. I hope you feel good about this. But even if you do, it’s possible that you don’t want your photo or name on this website. If I ever post a photo of you, or your work, or list your name, or a link to your website, and you’d rather not have that here, just LMK. You can ask me to take something down today, tomorrow, next week, next year, or next decade. You never have to give me a reason. You only have to give me the URL where the item you’d like taken down is. It’s always up to you.


The School of Art grants “incompletes” rarely and only for the most extreme conditions.

Withdrawal Deadlines


CSULB will make reasonable accommodations for any student who has different needs. It is the student’s responsibility to notify me in advance of the need for special accommodations.

Basic Needs

Any student who is facing academic or personal challenges due to difficulty in affording groceries/food and/or lacking a safe and stable living environment is urged to contact the CSULB Student Emergency Intervention & Wellness Program. The website outlining the resources available is csulb.edu/basicneeds. Students can also e-mail supportingstudents@csulb.edu or call 562/985.2038. You can also reach out to me if I can help identify additional resources.

Have a great class!

Is making websites fun?

It is for me!

I hope it is for you too! But even if playing with computers is not your favorite thing in the world, let’s have a useful & relevant semester!

  • Set a clear focus for your website
  • Create persuasive writing
  • Produce exciting images
  • Assemble it all in a compelling website
  • Critique, Revise, Improve, Repeat!
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