VAS - Visual Art Studio

Art Portfolio Prep Course for college/미대입시 in Los Angeles area
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Helena Min, VAS director in a group exhibition, "ARCHIVE MACHINES" at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery(LAMAG) from 07-30-2020 to 11-1-2020.

Min's work will be featured on October 1, 2020, in the category of "RELATING." Due to COVID-19, this is an online exhibition only.

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Due to COVID-19, VAS does not offer any instruction in person. College consultation is available over the phone. Your current portfolio assessment is also available online only.

Congratulations to Sean Natarajan(La Canada High)! We just got the news that Sean got a full scholarship at California College of Art in San Francisco and a partial scholarship to OTIS College of Art and Design for this fall 2020. So happy for you! 😊

VAS director, Helena Min's photography based work posted on her Facebook album titled "My works since 2010."

2nd week of November 2019 at VAS.
How exciting to watch Sean's passion driven project extending to even on his jacket! All the best at the meeting with USC Rosky art department this week.


a year ago
Rarely will anyone find a place like VAS. At VAS, not only am I able to pursue my love for art, but also learn how to face and overcome challenges. In addition, besides learning about the technicalities of drawing and painting, I learned how to see and observe, which I believe is the most essential skill alongside successfully translating one's vision onto a paper. I truly value the relationship I was able to build with Ms. Helena Min as she is—hands down—one of the best mentors I’ve ever had. She deeply cares about her students and truly gives insightful advices. With that being said, whenever I am at VAS, I lose track of time because I am able to do what I love. I believe that’s the kind of environment anyone will be able to experience at this place.
- Jay H
a year ago
Helena is an excellent instructor. She likes to work one on one or with very small groups so students can get direct feedback from her. It's a much different experience from other art schools. I've been to places where instructors fill in a class with 15 to 30 students. It's hard to get the necessary attention in those cases.
- Zach F
a year ago
I am a former VAS student. This year I got into my dream school in Otis, digital media major with the presidential scholarship of $ 23,000 yearly. I got in sophomore year so the total scholarship till Senior year is $69,000. There are many things I would love to say about VAS, but I want to keep it clean and simple for anyone who is thinking about going to VAS or looking to learn about higher art education for college. Ms. Helena Min is one of the greatest art mentors. She is overqualified as an art mentor. And, I felt she was not only a mentor but became a parent who supported me and other students to become the very best you can be, not only as an art student but overall self. As a teacher she is straight to the point, caring, understanding, and guides students to their success. As a parent she is always loving and honest, she will do whatever she needs to do for you to achieve your own dream and goal/art colleges and career in art. VAS is for serious students with art in their mi...
- Jason L
VAS - Visual Art Studio, conceived in 1993 as "HJMacademy" by Helena J. Min, has provided fundamental studies for learning and practices in the visual art in Los Angeles area. 

VAS has specialized Portfolio Prep for over 25 years and offered the year-round Portfolio College Prep Course to prepare students who plan to apply for college in art+design major.​ 

VAS offers a "One-on-One lesson+mentoring" and a small group class limited to 4 gifted students.

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Los Angeles, CA 90041
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