GR 4th- 8th & High School Entrance Portfolio Prep. Program

Our High School Entrance Portfolio Prep. Program is our most effective portfolio development program. You will work through your own individualized challenging curriculum while building strong foundations, receiving one-to-one guidance on every project, working with unconventional materials, and creating space-based work in the studio and the gallery.

We also help our students with auditions and interviews

In fact, many of students who took Oogie Art High School Entrance Portfolio Prep. Program were accepted from LaGuardia Art High School, Art & Design High School, Phillips Exeter Academy, St. Paul's School, Deerfield Academy, Choate Rosemary Hall, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and so on.


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

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

Photographing and Framing Your Work for Audition or Interview

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

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

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

Practice An Audition And An Interview

  • 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