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2D Portfolio Development

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School of the Arts admissions are getting more and more competitive so it is essential that students have a high quality portfolio. Students will spend time in class and open studio sessions working on an assortment of 2D (Drawing and Painting) projects. Experienced portfolio reviewers will hold sessions regarding how best to present portfolios. Student work will be professionally documented, and preserved on CD for them to take home with them. All students will participate in a culminating exhibition.

2D Portfolio Development participants will focus on enhancing their Drawing skills for half of the day and their Painting skills the other half of the day throughout the entire Intensive.


This class focuses upon the fundamental principles of drawing. Through studio instruction and lectures the students will develop the use of basic drawing concepts. The importance of observational drawing will be emphasized to facilitate the understanding of studio work.

Also, students will learn and expand an artistic vocabulary necessary to critique their own work, as well as that of others. This will enable students to engage in-group discussions and exchange ideas during the Summer Intensive.

Contour Drawing and Composition

  • Introduction and exploration of the different practices of contour and “blind” contour drawing
  • Introduction of the significance of composition in work
  • Exploration of positive/negative space and planar relationships


  • Explanation of the various uses of value: implied space and volume through light, shadow, and texture
  • Discussion of the importance of how light and dark are used in compositions
  • Application of these drawing concepts to various still lives

Perspective and Scale

  • Introduction and practice of one, two, and three point perspective
  • Combination of contour drawing, planar relationships, and composition with perspective
  • Discussion of how scale affects compositions
  • Work with various objects to explore relations of scale

Introduction to Life Drawing/Gesture Drawing from Life

  • Explanation of methods of gesture drawing relative to life drawing
  • Discussion of movement, rhythm, and position relevant to drawing from life
  • Students begin to use proper proportions relevant to human anatomy

Basics of Figure Drawing

  • Applying ideas of gesture drawing to represent human anatomy
  • Work with model to depict body structure, mass, and volume


Students will learn to make the leap from thinking like a high school student to thinking like an artist during this challenging painting course. Participants will be introduced to both traditional and contemporary concepts and techniques in painting.

Students will learn to:

  • Create and organize forms, colors, textures and tones while experimenting with various application methods
  • Work from still life set ups and various landscapes
  • Generate more personalized works by adapting lessons during Studio Time
  • Develop their skills in critical analysis. They will be challenged to articulate and justify their ideas both visually and verbally.
  • Utilize paints (acrylics and water colors) with an emphasis on the organization of the artistic image, coupled with analysis of historical and contemporary work.

Lectures, demonstrations and critiques reveal how others have tackled similar painting issues, so that students can discover their own styles.

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