Portfolio Option One
A Body of Work
Submit up to sixteen images (a minimum of 12) of art that you have created within the past two years that show your promise
in visual Art and Design. Present your strongest work and demonstrate your potential
to develop a diverse set of skills and ideas should you be accepted into the Art Foundation Program at VCU. We prefer to see a range of 2D and 3D media, but if your work is concentrated in a single medium your portfolio can be weighted in that area. Drawing from observation is recommended, while copying anime, cartoons, graffiti or tattoos is discouraged.
Portfolio Option Two
Drawing and Design Exercises
Applicants without a body of work (portfolio option one) you may submit the following ten drawing and design exercises. Follow the directions carefully. Some of the exercises are worded in a way that requires your interpretation as an integral part of the exercise. Please do not call VCUarts to request further clarification. Each exercise must be completed on a separate sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
PORTFOLIO PREPARATION GUIDELINES
If you choose to submit these exercises as your portfolio you can mail in the originals or use the online submission format. If you choose to submit original drawings print your full legal name, your date of birth and the exercise number in the lower left hand corner on the back of the original. The originals become part of your permanent file and will not be returned.
1. Make a free-hand perspective drawing of a corner of a room within your dwelling. Include at least three pieces of
furniture. Draw this view as carefully as possible.
2. Make a drawing of two or more transparent objects. Make your drawing as accurate as possible.
3. Draw a geometric volume that is being vigorously affected by an internal force. This is an exercise that requires your interpretation. You should determine what the internal force is and how it is visually affecting the geometric volume.
4. Select three objects and place them in a windowsill or in a similar location where you can see both the objects and a landscape or cityscape beyond. We are interested how you choose to represent this juxtaposition. Consider, scale, composition, light and space.
5. Select two objects that have completely different characters and scale. In a series of at least four drawings, transform one object into the other.
6. Render a self-portrait from observation using a mirror. Do not use a photograph. Alternately, you may draw a friend or family member from direct observation. When planning your drawing consider composition and the use of positive and negative space. Complete this exercise with as much detail as possible.
7. Draw a device of your own invention that solves a problem that you have encountered.
8. Using a digital or analog camera provide a photographic illustration for page 87 of your autobiography. Print the image on an 8.5x11 sheet of paper. If you do not have access to camera equipment you may create a drawing for this exercise.
9. Arrange a still life composition consisting of at least three objects touching one another. Consider the objects you choose carefully. Before making your drawing, physically alter one or more of these objects. Using a pencil, draw your creation as accurately as possible.
10. Using any medium, depict an unconventional interior space that you would like to inhabit. You may use conventional drawing, photography, digital programs, collage or other media. Carefully and thoughtfully present your proposed space.
11-14. (optional) You may submit up to four additional pieces of your choice in digital or slide format (See formatting instructions listed above for portfolio option one).