Portfolio Prep: Drawing for High School Students (Section 1)

The portfolio is the single most important component of an art school application, and colleges across the nation are stepping up their requirements for admission. Most 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 will 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. / Students should anticipate an additional cost of roughly $75-100 in total for materials (not included in tuition). / Professional nude models will be used in this class. / Both sections 01 and 02 are the same; choose the section that best fits your schedule. / Open to students ages 15–18. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. / View complete registration policies.

Prerequisite: Previous drawing experience helpful, but not required.

What to bring: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; 18 x 24” newsprint drawing pad; seven pieces of 20 x 30" good quality drawing paper (150 lb. or heavier), examples include: Arches cover, Rives BFK, Canson, or Stonehenge, don’t buy all of this at one time and don’t buy all the same kind of paper, try a variety. Other specific assignments may require specific papers (to be announced); two soft compressed charcoal; three EXTRA SOFT Vine charcoal boxes; two soft charcoal pencils (Derwent, General’s, or Cretacolor); graphite drawing pencils 2B,6B; chamois cloth; erasers: kneaded, Staedtler white, and white pen-shaped (Tombow, Generals); one roll of scotch blue tape metal ruler; portfolio to transport work (portfolio can be made out of 2 pieces of foam board secured with binder clips).

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

Please Register Before: June 10
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 SU20
Date Start: 
Monday, June 15, 2020
Date End: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Morrison Building, Room 215
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.