Portfolio Prep: Drawing for High School Students (On Campus)

The portfolio is the single most important component of an art school application. Most colleges require several observational drawings, or drawings made from what can be seen, rather than from the imagination or a photograph. This studio drawing class is designed to help motivated visual arts students develop exemplary observational drawings for their portfolios. Students 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 may be used in this class. / Open to students ages 15–18. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. / View complete policies. Please read complete summer camp information and policies before completing your registration. View MCAD’s Summer Youth Covid protocols and policies.*

Prerequisites: Previous drawing experience helpful, but not required.

Required supplies for the first day: Required supplies for the first day: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; 18 x 24” newsprint drawing pad; 18 x 24" or larger good quality drawing paper (150 lb. or heavier); drawing pencils (HB 2B 2B); erasers: kneaded and Staedtler white; masking tape.portfolio to transport work (portfolio can be made out of 2 pieces of foam board secured with binder clips).  Supplies will cost approximately $50.

What to wear: Clothes appropriate for messy creativity. Comfortable shoes for standing.

*Class details are subject to change.

Please Register Before: June 9
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met. 
Class Savings 
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 or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CST 9579 01 SU21
Date Start: 
Monday, June 14, 2021
Date End: 
Thursday, June 24, 2021
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Main Building, Room 119
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 15–18.
Days of Week: 
Pre-College Portfolio Preparation Ages 15-18
Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18
Drawing and Painting
Previous drawing experience helpful, but not required.