College Portfolio Prep. Program

For Art Colleges and Supplements for Non Art Majors


Oogie Art is a global art portfolio school that, according to Laura Bush, formal first lady, “You have already made a contribution to the cultural landscape of our nation”.

Each year, our school’s award-winning results-driven portfolio curriculum sends more students to Ivy Leagues, Top 20 National Universities, and Top 10 Art Colleges than other art programs in the world. Our College Art Portfolio Prep Program is the comprehensive, results driven program that makes up the core of every 7-12 grader’s or younger learning and success at Oogie Art.


Explore The Syllabus

Our curriculum is constructed by a team of talented instructors with a deep understanding of what it takes to gain admission to top colleges, and what you need to know to do it.


Drawing Fundamentals

  • Introduction to drawing materials
  • Quality of line
  • Tonal scale exercises
  • Shading techniques
  • Rule of thirds and image composition
  • Rendering light

Forms and Color

  • Primary, secondary, tertiary colors and tints
  • Complementary and analagous colors
  • Color temperature
  • Mood, light and energy
  • Black and white
  • Triadic and tetradic colors
  • Manmade forms versus organic shapes

Figure Drawing

  • Line II
  • Proportion II
  • Volume II
  • Composition II
  • Observation
  • Gesture
  • Character
  • Concept

Sculpture Workshop

  • Modeling and carving
  • Basic mold-making and casting techniques
  • Cardboard and wire
  • Clay and plaster
  • Installation art and site-specic sculpture
  • Found objects and natural materials

Personal Voice and Vision

  • Drawing inspiration from your life
  • Imbuing your work with intent
  • Conceptual material choices
  • Originality
  • Contemporary methods of 2D/3D communication

Writing About Your Work

  • Writing description for each piece
  • Writing about your portfolio as a whole
  • Artist statements Writing essays for art colleges
  • Parsons Challlenge writing responses
  • Discussions, critiques and revision

Perspective And Scale

  • One-, two- and three-point perspective
  • Capturing correct proportions
  • Inclined planes
  • Reections in mirrors
  • Aerial perspective
  • Spiral staircases

Dry And Wet Media

  • Vine and compressed charcoal
  • Inks and brushes
  • Soft pastels and oil pastels
  • Oil sticks
  • Acrylic, oil and watercolor paints


Experimental Processes With
Photo-Based Images

  • Décollage
  • Transfer emulsions
  • Photomontages
  • Digital collages and photograms
  • Photo projections
  • Concept

 Interpreting The Self

  • Personal notions of the self portrait
  • The self as inspiration for new work
  • Discussion and writing exercises
  • Dreams and memories
  • Self portraits without reference to the body
  • Identity in modern and contemporary art

Memory, Imagination And Mixed Media

  • Emphasis on imaginative imagery
  • Memory, dreams, ction and literature
  • Assemblage
  • Exploration of memory in contemporary art
  • Combining media and experimental processes
  • Writing personal essays for art specilazed high school and boarding school

 Photographing Your Work For Interview

  • Introduction to dSLRs
  • Lighting your work
  • Resolution
  • Digital enhancements
  • File formats
  • Slideroom

Final Steps For Submission

  • Home to make your portfolio stand out 
  • Selecting the right pieces 
  • Arranging your artworks in order
  • Final crits and plans of action 
  • Submitting your portfolio and application materials to SlideRoom