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Portfolio Prep Workshops

The Fresno Art Museum is offering portfolio prep workshops for high school and college transfer students that want to apply to art colleges. These classes are for serious art students only.

Getting into a prestigious college-level art school is highly competitive. Exceptional drawing skills must be demonstrated along with unique compositions that show creativity and skill.

FAM will be offering a series of workshops to help students improve their art-making skills through looking at art and thinking critically, exploring techniques, and hands-on art-making to help with portfolio development. Students will learn the traditional techniques that form the basis of any art portfolio, whether a student wants to be a painter, sculptor, conceptual artist, or explore the world of graphic design, animation, or illustration. It is critical that art school applicants show that they understand the basic elements of art and the principles of design and put their best examples of these in their portfolio.

There will be two six-week workshop sessions. The first will explore black and white drawing, the second will explore color. It is highly recommended that students take both sessions. Students will work mainly with charcoal during the first session and acrylic paint during the second. The subjects of their work will include plein air, self-portrait, still life, and life and clothed models so that they can experience creating works from direct observation. Students will be encouraged to “see differently” to create unique imagery from both observation and their imagination. They will learn critical thinking and how to analyze and critique both their own and the work of others. They will also explore different styles of writing in order to write a clear and intelligent statement about their art for their own artist statement, an essential part of the portfolio process.

The first of two sessions will begin on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 and will run six consecutive Tuesdays through April 9, 2019 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. A second six-week more advanced session will begin on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 and continue on April 30, May 7, 14, 28, and June 4, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. The fee for the six-week workshop is $280. Sign up for both six-week sessions for $520. The fee includes model fees and some supplies. A list of art supplies to be purchased by the student for each six-week session will be provided and can be purchased at Allard’s with a student discount. Art supply costs will be under $60 for the first session and between $75 and $125 (depending upon supplies students may already have) for the second session. Workshop size will be limited to 10 students.

Course Instructor: Ai Krasner graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and a minor in art history from the College of Santa Fe, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy and Philadelphia, PA. She has been an art instructor at the Fresno Art Museum for two years and taught art to high school students at both the Tyler School of Art and Temple University in Philadelphia. She has worked in various curatorial positions at the Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research in Los Angeles and at the TAI Modern and Site Santa Fe, both in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ai also served on the selection committee that reviewed portfolios for Temple University’s Tyler School of Art undergraduate applicants.

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Art Supply List - second session (coming soon)


If you or someone you know would be interested in sponsoring a student who is recommended by their art teacher but cannot afford the workshops, please call Susan at 559.441.4221 x101 to be matched to a deserving student. There are scholarships available to many art schools and colleges and a scholarship to these workshops could open doors for talented students.