Get a taste of what life is like on a college campus while studying art this summer through our Portfolio Plus Program. Open to high school students, this three-week program features drawing courses in the mornings and electives in the afternoons. Studio work is rounded out by organized trips to museums, visits to artists' and designers' studios, and portfolio development workshops.
This program is recommended for rising juniors and seniors in high school. Upon successful completion, you will earn 3 college credits and may receive letters of recommendation for college admission.
Each weekday morning, all Portfolio Plus Program students will take part in an introductory Drawing course. Working in a variety of media, you will learn to recognize and manipulate fundamental elements of composition, line, form, space, and modeling. Emphasis is placed on working from observation. You will work in a variety of media. Demonstrations and illustrated lectures supplement studio sessions and outside projects. As part of the course, you will visit the Prints and Drawing Room at the Saint Louis Art Museum. The course is taught by Tim Lane.
During the afternoon session, you will take an elective class; current offerings include:
- Communication Design: Topics include Color as a Design Tool, Digital Collage, and A Close Look at Letters.
- Mixed Media Studio: Topics include Projects in Color, Found Object 3D, and Quick Prints
Course work is complemented by additional events and activities, including:
- Wednesday Night Speakers in the fields of art and design.
- Friday Afternoon Pizza Lunches, featuring presentations on topics such as portfolio preparation.
- Saturday Curriculuar Field Trips to places such as The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, City Museum, the Arch, the St. Louis Zoo, and local artists' and designers' studios.
- Sunday Workshops on topics such as writing about and photographing your work.
Amy Auman, Communication Design Studio
John Early, Mixed Media Studio
Tim Lane, Drawing
Tim Lane is a graphic novelist and freelance illustrator. His most recent graphic novel, Abandoned Cars, was nominated for the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Collection of Stories. Upcoming publications for 2014 include the graphic novel The Lonesome Go and a biographical graphic novel about the actor Steve McQueen. Lane's comics are widely published in anthologies, and his sketchbook work was included in the sketchbook anthology GRAPHIC: Inside Sketchbooks of the World's Great Graphic Designer. As a freelance illustrator, his clients include Rolling Stone, Wired, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, and The Boston Globe. His work regularly appears on The New York Times OP-ED page, and was recently included in a book covering the history of The New York Times OP-ED page from its inception to the present. Full bio>>
Tuition, Room, & Board
Estimated cost for the 2014 Portfolio Plus Program is $4,377. An additional $100-$200 should be budgeted to cover the cost of books, supplies, and equipment. You will be notified upon acceptance to the program, and a non-refundable deposit will be required to confirm your admission. If a student withdraws from the program after classes begin, no portion of tuition will be refunded.
You will live in one of our secure modern residence houses and participate in organized weekend activities with other members of pre-college programs. There are study rooms, kitchenettes, laundry facilities, floor lounges, and a computer lab available for use. Program Assistants (PAs) living in the halls provide advice and information, in addition to leading weekend activities and ensuring the rules and regulations of the program are maintained. A meal plan will allow you to enjoy a variety of food choices available across the campus.
To apply to our Portfolio Plus Program, please submit the following materials:
1. Completed application form; click here to download the form.
2. A 500-word essay expressing your interest in the program.
3. A letter of recommendation on official letterhead from an academic teacher, art teacher, principal, high school counselor, or artist/architect who knows you well.
4. Official high school transcript (most current).
5. (Optional) Copies of official PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores.
6. A check, made payable to Washington University in St. Louis, for a $35 non-refundable processing fee. You will be notified upon acceptance, and a deposit will be required to confirm your admission to the program.
Please mail application and all materials to:
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1031
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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