Observational Drawing and Portfolio Development

For Grades 9 through 12

Fall 2013
October 9 - December 11, 2013
Wednesdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m.,with no class November 27

Spring 2014
February 26- May 7, 2014
Wednesdays, 4:30-7:30, with no class April 23

Observational Drawing and Portfolio Development offers high school students a unique opportunity to strengthen observational drawing skills and cultivate a personal point of view while gaining insight into building a portfolio and the art school admissions process. Students explore traditional and innovative ways of rendering the observed world through a variety of media and styles. Taught by artist/educator Kevin Townsend and designed in collaboration with MassArt Dean of Admissions Karen Townsend, the class encourages students to move beyond typical neutral studies and build skills in pursuit of a strong, singular personal vision and voice through focused drawing assignments, critiques and workshops with Admissions staff.

Please note that there will be nude models and parental consent is required.

Kevin Townsend is an artist, educator and former master printer for Hand Print Workshop International. He has taught at MassArt, Monsterrat College of Art, Maine College of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design. Kevin has been a visiting artist/educator at the ICA Boston and Museum of American Art and has developed curriculum for the ICA, MassArt's Summer Studios, River Tree Arts and East Brunswick High School.

Karen Townsend is MassArt's Dean of Admissions. She and Kevin Townsend are a husband and wife team who have been collaborating in and out of the classroom for the last 18 years. Karen has held positions on the Executive Board of the National Portfolio Day Association for the past six years, and prior to joining MassArt she has been Director of Admissions at the Maine College of Art and Assistant Director of Admissions for The School of Visual Arts in NY. She has also taught as adjunct faculty at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Both Kevin and Karen hold BFA degrees from Corcoran.


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$450. Payment is due in full on or before February 7, 2014.