This Portfolio Preparation workshop series provides current Grade 7 or Grade 8 students planning to apply to high school Regional Arts Programs an opportunity to intentionally work towards the requirements of their portfolio, guided by an Ontario Certified Visual Arts Teacher. This online workshop allows flexibility for students to join in from wherever they are, from the comfort of their own creative space at home. Students that take this workshop are usually applying to:
Mayfield Secondary School, Cawthra Park Secondary School, St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, Earl Haig Claude Watson, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Father John Redman, Wexford School of the Arts, Rosedale Heights School of the Arts
Your portfolio should be your BEST artwork, not your first artwork!
There will be two back to back sessions of this workshop. The structure and lesson content of the two workshops are very similar, however the open studio times and consultations are catered specifically to the individual strengths and needs of each student. Please note that taking this workshop will improve your portfolio but we cannot guarantee admission to art programs.
- Session 1 - September 28 to November 6, 2021
- Session 2 - November 9 to December 18, 2021
- Lecture - Tuesday Evenings - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
- Open Studio / Consultation - Saturday Morning - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Length: 6 weeks
Price: $185 per session
Materials: Additional Purchase Required - See Materials List
Discounts: A discount of $10 is available to students currently enrolled in our Art Fundamentals/Refined program. Enter coupon PPREP at the checkout.
- One hour live lesson and lecture from instructor, once a week, with a different topic every week, students will follow along with the lesson, step by step.
- Live weekly lessons will include: What to do with your sketchbook, pencil drawing skills, portraiture (how to draw faces), turning ideas into artwork, 3D sculpture & design, acrylic / watercolour painting techniques, and other techniques and mediums by student request where time permits.
- Two hour live open studio time, once a week, for students to work on their individual projects. This time is hosted by the instructor, who is available throughout the session to provide individual guidance and answer questions.
- Weekly live individual student consultations to review student work, general strengths, specific areas of improvement, goal setting and staying on track. Instructor will advise the student of next steps and they will have one week to complete art work on their own time before showing the instructor their completed work at the next class.
- Instructor availability to students by email for the duration of the course for additional feedback on art work, projects, techniques as needed.
About the Instructor
Paulina Su, BFA, OCT
Paulina Su is a practicing Toronto-based artist and Ontario Certified Teacher at the high school level. A jack of all trades, she is a versatile artist that enjoys working in all mediums, ranging from painting and sculpture, to printmaking and scratchboard. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Bachelors of Education from York University. She started at Visual Arts Brampton as a student when she was 8 years old and is now a current board member. Her work has been exhibited in galleries across the GTA. www.paulinasu.com
Students should have the following BEFORE the first class:
- The application checklist from the school(s) the student is applying to, if available (usually not released until mid October)
- Sketchbook at least 8.5" x 11" or slightly bigger with more than 30 pages left (this can be a new sketchbook or current one)
- Completed artwork from school or for fun to show the instructor, if you have any
- Artworks in progress, if you have any
- 2B drawing pencil (not a mechanical lead pencil), optional: 3B or 4B drawing pencil
- Eraser, pencil sharpener
- Pencil crayons (set of 24 or more)
- Extra art materials if you have it: markers, coloured pens, glue stick, magazines/ newspapers, other crafty materials
AFTER the first class, and after discussing with the instructor, students should plan to purchase materials for:
- A Painting, pick one:
- Acrylic painting -- Canvas board or stretched canvas, at least 8" x 10" or bigger, acrylic paints (the sets with lots of colours is better, but you need to have at least the primary colours, black and white), a set of paint brushes that are flat and round is preferred but at minimum you need at least 3 sizes (one smaller than 1cm, one medium size between 1cm-2cm, one larger size bigger than 2cm).
- Watercolour painting -- Watercolour painting pad, at least 8" x 10" or bigger, watercolour paint set, a set of paint brushes that are flat and round is preferred but at minimum you need at least 3 sizes (one smaller than 1cm, one medium size between 1cm-2cm, one larger size bigger than 2cm).
- A Sculpture, pick one:
- Air dry clay (it is preferable that you have acrylic paint as well to paint it after)
- Oven bake clay (no paint needed, the clay comes in different colours)
- Recycled / found materials (no purchase necessarily, you should be able to use things you find at home)
- Paper mache (it is preferable that you have acrylic paint as well to paint it after)