Fine Arts: Portfolio Building

Term Summer 2020
Code FA03
Ages 15-18
Instructor Cody Rounds
Price $275

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An art portfolio is a catalog of work showing an artist’s breadth of skill and mastery throughout disciplines, mediums, and techniques. It is an opportunity to show an institution what you love to do and your creative originality. Portfolio submissions are required for any design or art-related college program, job, internship, or growth opportunity. It is important for students in grades 10-12 who may wish to pursue a creative career to develop their body of work with intention in order to build the strongest portfolio they can. In this course, we will review each student’s current body of work, identify areas that require more attention, and create works of art based on each student’s portfolio needs.

Students will leave the course understanding the requirements of a strong portfolio, how to critique and identify good work, and what areas they made need more practice in. They will also leave with a cohesive portfolio that is ready to be submitted to the institution of their choosing.

Note: This course is recommended to be taken with the Fine Arts: Drawing from Life course.

Live Classes: Students will meet on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The course runs from June 4th to July 30th.

Student Support: The instructor is available via email.

Materials/Supplies: Students must have a webcam and an overhead mount so the instructor can view the drawing process. Please have it installed before class begins. Students will also need art supplies, although specific materials will depend on each student’s individual portfolio needs. These might include tinted charcoal paper (earth tones or gray), painting canvas boards (9″ x 12″ minimum), paint brushes of different sizes, and a general spectrum of acrylic paint, including black and white.

During the first live class, the instructor will go over the students’ general portfolio needs to identify what each student will be working on during the semester. The students will also begin a self-portrait in graphite pencil. For the first class, students are required to have the following:

  • Graphite drawing pencils
  • Charcoal (black and white)
  • A kneaded eraser
  • Drawing paper (good quality, 9″ x 12″ minimum)

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