Visual Arts Student Audition Information


Posted on September 14, 2017 at 1:05 PM



The Visual Arts Department is looking for students who are interested in the visual arts. Students may demonstrate a talent in one medium or a variety of media. Students are asked to bring a labeled portfolio or any type of carrying case containing 6 to 10 original artworks. Students will submit their portfolio to the Visual Arts staff. The portfolio will be reviewed while student takes the drawing audition. All artworks will go home with the student following the audition.

Audition Preparation

Choose and/or complete works of art for your portfolio.

The portfolio should include:

1. Presentation

  • Minimum of 6-10 ORIGINAL PIECES
  • Slides or photographs are acceptable for three-dimensional and/or over-sized pieces
  • Neatness of presentation is important – artwork must appear without unnecessary marks, smudges, ragged edges or folds.
  • 2-dimensional work does not have to be matted

2. Subjects

  • Portfolio must include at least:
  • One self-portrait done from direct observation (not from a photograph)
  • One other work from direct observation
  • At least four of your best works.

3. Media

  • Include works done in a wide variety of media and approaches (graphite pencil, colored pencil, ink, charcoal, watercolor, tempera, acrylic, collage, papier maché, clay, digital/computer art, etc)

In addition, candidates should practice drawing still life set-ups with a drawing pencil.

What To Bring To The Audition Your Portfolio

It will be reviewed while you are drawing your still life set-up in another room. What To Expect During The Audition Students will audition in groups of ten to fifteen. Students will place their portfolio in a layout position in one room then take a seat in the art studio to draw the still life set-up.

Paper, drawing pencil and erasers will be provided for the 30-minute still life audition. After 30 minutes the drawings will be collected The audition will include: Presentation of Portfolio Still life drawing Students will be evaluated individually.

Areas of assessment will include:

  • Portfolio (Variety of Media, Quality, Originality, Craftsmanship)
  • Still life drawing (Composition, Handling of Media/Line Quality, Realistic Rendering)
  • Students will be asked which visual arts track they are interested in (photo, 2D, 3D)


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    Visual Arts Mission

    The Arts Department provides a rigorous conservatory experience in art education. During the first two years, traditional skills and disciplines are stressed, and in the later years students are encouraged to develop their own voice and use the appropriate media to express their ideas.

    SCPA artists gain essential exposure to public audiences, leading to more exhibition and show opportunities, and San Diego public gets to experience some of the finest experimental youth art in the city.

    We offer the following opportunities for students to present their work:

    • San Diego Unified School District Art Showcase
    • YoungArts National Arts Competition in Oct.
    • Scholastic Arts Competition in Dec.
    • Senior Art Exhibition at Liberty Station
    • Coffeehouse
    • Local Film Festivals
    • Partnerships with Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park
    • Partnerships with San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art
    • Partnership at SD Repertory Theatre, EVITA art showcase, Congrats to sold artwork
    • In class presentations and critiques