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High School Portfolio Preparation Workshop

Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., is offering an Art Portfolio Preparation Workshop Series to high school juniors, seniors and graduates who are preparing for a college level art program .  The series is designed to strengthen students’ portfolios, while introducing them to career choices in the visual arts. These classes will push students far beyond the high school art experience by expanding their use of materials in an advanced and challenging studio experience with a community of other artists.

Workshops consist of three, one-week sessions held at Thomas More College. Each session meets five days a week from 12:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Students may enroll in all three sessions or choose an individual week from the following:

Drawing from Life | June 16 - 20
Students will have the opportunity to draw from complex still-life arrangements and on-site landscape - weather permitting. Drawing materials such as Conte Crayon, Charcoal and Sumi ink will also be introduced. $185/week session. Supply list:

  • 18 x 24 drawing pad (white)
  • 5 sheets dark gray Canson drawing paper, 18 x 24 or 16 x 20
  • Mixed pack of Conte Crayon White, Black either Raw Sienna or Burnt Umber
  • Vine Charcoal, Compressed Charcoal, White Charcoal pencil
  • Large Kneaded eraser, White Mars eraser
  • Roll of masking tape
  • Small, Med, round water based paint brush
  • Water container

Painting from Life (acrylic) | June 23 - 27
Students will have the opportunity to paint from complex still-life arrangements and on-site landscape - weather permitting. Student will also be introduced to a variety of alternative painting surfaces, basics of surface preparation, stretched canvas construction, acrylic gels, mediums and varnishes. Final day of workshop will feature a live model.  $255/week session. Supply list:

  • 2H or 4H pencil
  • (1) Large Kneaded eraser
  • Acrylic paints (tubes - minimum size 200 ml.) cadmium yellow light, mars black, naphthol crimson, phthalo green, titanium white and ultramarine blue, burnt umber
  • Small gel matte medium
     *(Golden Brand acrylics are recommended) and any other acrylic supplies you already have and wish to use, (gel mediums, spray bottles, etc.) 
  • (1) Fredrix Canvas Panel 14x18
  • (1) Ultra-Smooth Canvas 12x16
  • (2) sheets of 18 x 24 or 16 x 20” cream or off white drawing paper (ask for mixed media paper) 
  • Roll of masking tape
  • Small, Med, round water based paint brush
  • Small, Med, flat water based paint brush
  • Small tube of white gouache paint
  • Disposable Palette knife
  • Disposable palette
  • Water container

Figure Drawing (model) | July 14 - 18
Students will have the opportunity to investigate the figure in space using a live model. Focus is primarily on developing fundamental design elements and principals, and drawing methods and process, which include rapid sketching, gestural line, subtractive drawing and use of value when describing the figure. Students will be immersed in the use of charcoal, conte crayon, gouache and a variety of mixed media. $285/week session. Supply list:

  • 18 x 24 drawing pad (white)
  • 5 sheets dark gray Canson drawing paper, 18 x 24 or 16 x 20
  • Mixed pack of Conte Crayon White, Black either Raw Sienna or Burnt Umber
  • Vine Charcoal, Compressed Charcoal, White Charcoal pencil
  • Large Kneaded eraser, White Mars eraser
  • Roll of masking tape
  • Small, Med, round water based paint brush
  • Small tube of white gouache paint
  • Disposable palette
  • Water container

Plaza Art Store is located at 700 Main Street in Cincinnati. Request a Plaza card (no cost) to receive 20% off some of your supplies.

Thomas More College Art Department faculty member Elizabeth Neal, instructor of drawing, painting and illustration will teach the workshops. Ms. Neal has an MFA in painting from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and a BFA in illustration from the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

For more information, call 513-846-8549, email neale@thomasmore.edu, or check out this informational postcard.