Drawing & Painting students concentrate on the principles of drawing and painting through studio work, slide lectures, and demonstrations. Students are introduced to color, imagery, media, and various drawing and painting techniques. The class may also focus on printmaking, 3-D art, and/or mixed media. Students will display their work in public exhibitions. Up to 20 students are accepted.
Requirements for Applicants
1. Create an account and complete an online application. (If you have applied to OSAI before, you can log in to an existing account.)
2. Read the guidelines and tips below.
3. Choose up to three pieces of artwork for your portfolio.
4. Download the Description of Work form and complete the information about your portfolio pieces.
5. Create a still life. (See Still Life Drawing Requirements and Tips below.)
6. Draw the still life using a #2 pencil and one sheet of 8.5" x 11" unlined paper.
7. Photograph each piece of art individually: up to three pieces of your choosing + one still life drawing. (See How to Photograph Artwork below.)
8. Log back in to your account to upload the four images of your artwork and the Description of Work form no later than 11:59pm on Monday, March 15.
Your three chosen pieces can be any combination of paintings, drawings, mixed media, and/or 3-D artwork (no photography) that you created after March 1 of the prior year. (Former OSAI students cannot submit artwork created at OSAI.)
Artwork must be no larger than 18" x 24".
When selecting artwork, choose whatever best represents your personal strengths and style. Submit portfolio pieces that are based on original ideas and subject matter.
Subjects that have historically been more successful:
- Abstract work
- Landscapes, drawn from life
- Portraits or sketches of people (not based on posed photos)
- Unusual perspectives on or compositions of everyday scenes
- Topics about which you are passionate, that you have explored first-hand
Subjects NOT RECOMMENDED for your portfolio:
- Cartoon/anime characters
- Brands, words, numbers, or symbols
- Subjects you are unable to explore first-hand
- Drawings of floating, context-free objects (e.g. eyeballs, hearts, butterflies)
- Drawings based solely on photos, especially posed photos (e.g. photos of friends or pets)
- Drawings based on any still image that does not come from your real life (e.g. images from the internet like celebrities, cityscapes, cars, sunsets)
You will also need to download and complete the Description of Work form with information about your portfolio pieces.
Still Life Drawing Requirements and Tips
There should be 5-7 objects in the still life, and all objects must appear in your completed drawing:
- One piece of cloth - This can be draped over the table and perhaps over a rectilinear form like a box or stack of books. It may also be taped or tacked to the wall behind, to serve as a backdrop.
- Two or three various 3-D geometric objects: something conical, cubical, cylindrical, pyramidal or spherical (e.g. roll of paper towels, basketball or baseball, books or boxes, funnel or hourglass, door wedge, etc.)
- Two or three organic forms or objects found in nature (e.g. driftwood, figurine, flower, fruit/vegetable, plant, rock, skull, tree branch.)
It can be helpful if there is some variety to sizes of these forms, as opposed to having objects that are all the same scale. Objects should be arranged in a way that their spatial configuration is clear. Place forms in front of other forms so overlapping is apparent, rather than lining the forms up next to each other.
Direct a single light source on the still life from above or to the right or left of the still life (not in front of, behind, or below the still life). The single light source should allow you to see both light and shadow sides of these forms, as well as cast shadow shapes from these forms.
You must use the following supplies to draw the still life:
- #2 pencil
- One sheet of 8.5" x 11" unlined paper
When drawing the still life, pay attention to composition, scale, overlapping, volume and how light changes across the forms. Think about how line, mark-making and tone can help relate to these things.
How to Photograph Artwork
Photograph each piece of art individually: up to three pieces of your choosing + one still life drawing.
Please use the following resources when you are ready to photograph your portfolio pieces and still life drawing: