Many parents tell us that Studio Arts is their teen’s home away from home. Our greatest achievements at Studio Arts lie in supporting teens meet lofty art goals through serious study. For 25 years our studio has supported teens as they create individualized portfolios to successfully gain admission to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, other local high schools and first-choice colleges and art schools. Our College Portfolio class continues to grow by leaps and bounds. In February, we offer Post-Portfolio class for those students who want to continue on with their Portfolio tribe. Pre-Portfolio is the class for seventh through ninth graders interested in pursuing Portfolio class in June for Booker T. hopefuls. Barley Vogel, Studio Arts director, has created a safe space that allows art students to gather as they build relationships and continue their transformation into creative, successful, young-adult working artists.


Drawing & Painting

Are you always drawn to pick up a pencil? Hey! Don’t brush off your painting skills! Draw from still life (but really COOL still life), clothed models (sometimes the studio dog, Wyatt), and work from your imagination while learning important stuff like proportion, perspective, composition and hatching/cross hatching to add value. Supplies and model fees included.


Wheel And Hand-Build Clay

Making awesome stuff from mud is nothing short of miraculous. The process is as simple as you need it to be and the challenges are very exciting. Throwing on the potter’s wheel can really get you centered. Hand building sculpture and dinnerware is a perfect meditation. You will be amazed at how quickly your skills develop. Please note that all clay must be picked up within two weeks of the class end or find your clay in the clay garden!


Young Illustrator

Do you enjoy drawing in pen and pencil? In fact, are you pretty much addicted to it? You might be headed for a career in Illustration! Take any good book as your subject matter and discover new ways to express characters/action/place/style. This class is sort of a book club for drawing geeks. We also support future advertising artists, game creators, and manga masters here. Illustration, you know!


Portfolio Classes

Pre-Portfolio, Post-Portfolio, Portfolio Class for Admission to Booker T. HSPVA, and College Portfolio Prep classes are all available.

Please visit our Portfolio Series page for detailed information!

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