23SPR Portfolio Development Advanced (12-17 yr) SAT 12:30PM (01/14-05/06)

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Instructor: Gina Phillips / 13 Weeks / Jan 14 - May 06 (No class Feb 11 & 18, Apr 8 & 15) / Saturday / 12:30PM-2:30PM
Class Size: 5-10
Age: 12-17*

Goal: This course is available for students who have completed Portfolio Development previously, or students who are advanced in observational drawing and are able to sustain focus on more in-depth projects. 

This course will focus on the development of a working artist portfolio for 6th-12th grade students who are interested in a visual artist development program. The student’s course work aims to meet the entry requirements of a selected High School Arts Program for admittance. The portfolio development and foundations class is based on The Elements of Art and The Principles of Design. Art Historical components, Cultural Movements and the study of individual artists’ work will be addressed.

Objective: To create a strong portfolio that is a reflection of the student’s personality and achievements. The Elements of Art and Principles of Design will be used throughout the course, empowering the student’s ability to critically describe and explain their own art and the work of others. This course will encompass observational drawing, mixed-media, and painting.

Comparisons between Portfolio Development 101 and 102:

PD 101:

In PD101, all work is completed on paper. 

In PD101, projects are fast and students are introduced to a broad overview of skills, techniques and concepts such as: 

  • Gesture Drawing
  • Blind Contour
  • Positive/Negative Space
  • Using a viewfinder to visualize the picture plane
  • Making Thumbnail Sketches
  • Using Horizontal and Vertical Alignments
  • Value Scale
  • Charcoal Reduction Drawing
  • Basic Color Theory  
  • Layering color using a variety of media such as marker, colored pencil, oil pastel and acrylic paint

PD 102:

Students who have completed PD 101 are eligible to enroll for PD102.

Students who have not competed PD 101 but exhibit advanced observational drawing/painting skills may enroll. (Parents should submit samples of students’ work if they are not sure of placement.)

We will put all skills learned in PD101 into practice in PD102. Projects will be more complex and require sustained focus for completion. Some projects will require several weeks of work to complete. 

The beginning of the course will focus on observational drawing skills. Final projects will explore more individualized subject matter. 

Students will be introduced to historical and contemporary artists as inspiration in developing their own artistic practices. 

Critiques will be more in-depth and focus on these 4 steps in art analysis: Describe, Analyze, Interpret, Evaluate.

Supplies: All supplies will be provided

Parents, please note the name and age of your child in the comments section when paying for the class.

*Youth classes have been designed by age to be as pedagogically appropriate as possible, but the Academy recognizes that there are special situations where students are advanced for their age. Please inquire with the front office if you would like your child to be placed into a class that is not within their age range. Thank you

Additional Details
Mixed Media
Phillips, Gina
Skill Level:
Registration Date:
December 12, 2022