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