Visual Arts emphasizes intensive studio instruction and the mastery of technique in drawing and painting with additional coursework in digital design and sculpture. Students focus on composition, perspective, and color theory using a variety of media including oil, acrylics, conte, watercolor, ink, and charcoal.
A year-long art history course during Sophomore year exposes students to the major works, periods and themes. Senior students develop a series of works on a topic of their choice and submit their best pieces to national art competitions, the National Congressional Art Awards and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, often with very successful results.
APPLICATION AND AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS FOR VISUAL ART
WHAT WILL YOU PREPARE IN ADVANCE OF YOUR AUDITION AND TURN IN WITH YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS?
Visual Art Portfolio
WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR A VISUAL ART PORTFOLIO?
- six (6) total original pieces of art work - all must be from life (not from a photograph, memory, or other image)
- art work must be delivered in a presentation binder, envelope or portfolio
- art work and portfolio cases must be clearly labeled with student name, current grade level, and phone
WHAT WORK WILL YOU INCLUDE IN YOUR VISUAL ART PORTFOLIO?
- two (2) portraits (graphite pencil or charcoal drawings) - (1) self-portrait (1) drawing of a human face
- two (2) still life (graphite pencil or charcoal drawings) - a still life is three or more objects grouped together in a drawing
- two (2) landscape (1 landscape in graphite pencil or charcoal - 1 landscape in any color medium) - landscapes may include interior or exterior view and demonstrate spatial relationships
WHAT WILL YOU DO DURING THE VISUAL ART AUDITION?
- draw a still life and figure (all materials will be provided)
- discuss your portfolio, prior experience, personal ambition, and program expectations
Auditioning students should practice sketching and drawing before the audition.
Students will be evaluated on the quality of the portfolio, audition elements, and enthusiasm for this field. Evaluation criteria is based on California State Visual and Performing Arts standards.