Visual Art

All Levels / Grades 6-12

  • Provide a current, small photo (headshot) within a brief resume with any visual arts training or special skills. You may email the resume with headshot to hale_vincent@hcde.org. Please be sure to include the student name and fine arts major in the email.
  • Present a portfolio of recent, original work that demonstrates a variety of subjects, techniques, and media. Work must not be copied from other artwork or generated from kits or sets. Avoid presenting work solely completed as a school project, especially those made outside the realm of fine art, i.e. science fair volcanoes or social studies WWII projects.
  • All pieces should be show-ready (no wet work), and sturdy enough to withstand normal handling. Only white or toned paper (no lined notebook paper) should be used.
  • Pieces should be numbered, titled, and dated, and include the student’s printed name. Students may review guidelines, useful tips, and an example of a digital portfolio here.
  • Please email your completed portfolio to black_justin@hcde.org and burnette_c@hcde.org at least one day before your audition date.
  • Be prepared to discuss works to communicate ideas, themes, and knowledge of composition.
  • During the audition, you may be asked to draw a still life from observation (approx. 45 minutes).
  • Commensurate with age level/ experience, candidates will be expected to demonstrate a working knowledge of compositional techniques and color (including value, hue, intensity, color schemes, and color temperature), as well as a working knowledge of shading, hatching, cross hatching, and wet media washes (ink and water).

BEGINNING / Grades 6-7

  • Portfolio must contain five or more pieces representing various media and subjects, such as drawings, paintings, sculptures, and still lifes.

INTERMEDIATE / Grades 8-9

  • Portfolio must contain seven or more pieces representing a wide range of media and subjects, as described above.
  • Include a brief artist statement reflective of student’s work.

ADVANCED / Grades 9 -12

Portfolio must include an artist statement, along with the pieces listed below:

  • Three observational drawings: May include still life objects, portraits, and/or landscapes, demonstrating a wide range of technique and media.
  • Three two-dimensional designs: May include pieces which respond to design challenges, graphic design, fashion, and/or emerging media.
  • Three additional works: May include photography, mixed media, sculpture, film, observational work, 2-D designs, or a well-developed sketchbook (containing at least 15 pages).
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of The Elements of Art and The Principles of Design.
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