Portfolio Preparation: Drawing For High School Students 02

Art and Design Classes for Kids and Teens

This studio drawing class is designed to help motivated visual arts students develop exemplary observational drawings for their portfolios.

The portfolio is the single most important component of an art school application, and colleges across the nation are stepping up their requirements for admission. Most require several observational drawings, or drawings made from what we see, rather than from our imagination or a photograph.

Students will work with still life, landscape, interior, and figurative subject matter as they explore the fundamentals of a good drawing: Composition; structure; value; line; and expression. Studio instruction will be supplemented by art history discussions, visiting artist and MCAD Admissions staff presentations, and regular homework assignments. / Professional nude models will be used in this class. / Both this July class (Portfolio Preparation 02) and the June class (Portfolio Preparation 01) are the same class. Choose the section that best fits your schedule.

Students successfully completing either section of our Portfolio Preparation 01 or 02 classes will also receive an application fee waiver for their MCAD undergraduate program, valued at $50.00.

Follow up this class with the next in our Portfolio Preparation Summer Series: Portfolio Plus: Expanding the Creative Portfolio, August 4-8.

What to Bring: 1 pad of newsprint (18 x 24"); 1 piece of Strathmore 400 series drawing paper (white or cream); 1 sketchbook of your choice; pencils of different softness: HB, B, 2B, 4B; white Steadtler plastic eraser; large grey kneadable eraser; several sticks of thin vine charcoal (med-very soft); 1 large med-soft Vine Charcoal; 1 stick of compressed charcoal-soft; 1 white charcoal pencil (soft); and roll 1" artists tape. On the first day, we will discuss paper options and a few inexpensive drawing materials for color studies. / Students should anticipate an additional cost of roughly $75-100 in total for materials (not included in tuition).

Students must be fifteen years, and not older than eighteen years of age, on the first day of class. View complete policies here.

Class Scholarships and Savings

/ Financial-need scholarships available. Learn more and apply online.
/ Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same day registrations only).


Contact MCAD Continuing Education at continuing_education@mcad.edu or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

Course Number: CST 9579 02
Dates: Jul. 8 – Jul. 31
Tuesday, Thursday
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Emily Smith
Morrison Building Room M215
Non-Credit Tuition: $300.00

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