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COLLEGE PORTFOLIO PREPARATION (see Class Schedule)

The College Portfolio Preparation class is geared toward high school students and college transfer students who are preparing a portfolio for entrance to art colleges and art programs within universities. Instructor Rebecca Kimmel has extensive experience helping beginner, intermediate, and advanced students to prepare their portfolios for entrance to major colleges nationally. Former college preparation students of Rebecca’s have gained entrance to major private art colleges and have earned significant scholarship & financial aid packages. Every senior high school student with whom Rebecca has worked on an individual basis has received significant scholarship & financial aid.

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College Portfolio Preparation Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Drawing Fundamentals
  • Master Copies
  • Figure Drawing
  • Oil Painting
  • Acrylic Painting
  • Illustration
  • Fine Art

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Colleges to which Rebecca’s College Preparation students have been accepted and / or granted significant scholarship and financial aid money include:

  • Art Center College of Design - (ACCD)
  • Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
  • Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
  • Otis College of Art & Design (OTIS)
  • Pratt Institute (Pratt)
  • University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • University of California Irvine (UC Irvine)
  • University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)
  • Cornell University
  • Boston University

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PORTRAIT DRAWING + PAINTING (see Class Schedule)

The Portrait Drawing + Painting class is geared toward beginning, intermediate, and advanced drawing and painting students. This is a model based class in which students will paint from the live model. Lectures and demos are given on a weekly basis, and students will receive feedback and critique of their work. Students who do not wish to work from the live model may also work independently on personal projects in the context of this class, though work from the live model is preferred.

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Portrait Drawing + Painting Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Block In
  • Value
  • Grayscale
  • Limited Palette Painting
  • Psychological Portraiture
  • Master Copies

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FIGURE DRAWING (see Class Schedule)

The Figure Drawing class is geared toward beginning, intermediate, and advanced figure drawing students. This is a model based class in which students will draw from the live model. Lectures and demos are given on a weekly basis, and students will receive feedback and critique of their work. Poses will range in length from 3-25 minute poses for gesture drawing. Long poses will also be included in the class.

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Figure Drawing Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Gesture
  • Line Weight
  • Methods and Materials
  • Block In
  • Shading with Graphite and Charcoal

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INTRO TO PHOTOSHOP: DIGITAL MASTER COPIES (see Class Schedule)

The Intro to Photoshop: Digital Master Copies class is geared towards beginning, intermediate and advanced painting students. Students will learn to use Photoshop as a digital painting program to create digital figurative master copies. In this course, the instructor will lead students through the process of creating digital paintings using Master works as reference. Copying Master works is a time honored way in which artists throughout history have learned how to draw and paint. This tradition is continued into the digital age by creating paintings in Photoshop using Figurative Master paintings by various artists such as Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Rubens, Bouguereau and others as visual reference. Topics covered will include basic Photoshop topics for painting, proportions, value, color, and composition. Students will work digitally in Photoshop using Wacom tablets.

*Please Note: Students must furnish their own laptop, software, and digital painting (Wacom) tablet. A 6x8 Intuos is highly recommended, but a Wacom Bamboo tablet is sufficient.

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EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING (see Class Schedule)

The Experimental Drawing class is geared toward beginning, intermediate, and advanced drawing students. This is a class in which students will draw from a combination of the live model and model photographs using a variety of media. Students may elect to use one set of materials or all recommended materials (choice of NuPastels, Acrylics + Colored Pencil). This is a class specifically geared toward College Portfolio Preparation students who need experimental work in their portfolios and is highly recommended for junior and senior high school students and college transfer students. Adults are also welcome. Lectures and demos are given on a weekly basis, and students will receive feedback and critique of their work.

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Experimental Drawing Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Color Drawing with Nu Pastel
  • Color Mixed Media Drawing with Acrylics
  • Color Drawing with Colored Pencil
  • Drawing + Shading with Charcoal
  • Narrative Figurative Work from Life and Reference
  • Figure Studies from Life and Reference

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