Portfolio Preparation: Drawing for High School Students 01

Summer Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18

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

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 sections 01 and 02 are the same; choose the section that best fits your schedule.

What to Bring: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; graphite pencils (2H, B, 3B); pencil sharpener; Pink Pearl eraser; a roll of masking tape or artist tape; a sheet of Strathmore 400 drawing paper (white). / Optional but helpful: A portfolio for storing drawings and transporting paper, a container to store drawing supplies (tacklebox, tupperware, etc.). / A complete list of suggested materials will be discussed during the first class meeting. / Students should anticipate an additional cost of roughly $75-100 in total for materials (not included in tuition).

Class Savings

/ Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day, same-family registrations only).


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

Course Details

Course Number: CST 9579 01
Dates: Jun. 15 – Jul. 8
Monday, Wednesday
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Kara Andree
Morrison Building Room M109
Non-Credit Tuition: $300.00

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