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Portfolio Prep Workshops

The Fresno Art Museum is offering portfolio prep workshops for high school and college transfer students that want to apply to art colleges.

Getting into a prestigious college-level art school is highly competitive. Exceptional drawing skills must be demonstrated along with unique compositions that show creativity and skill.

FAM will be offering this workshop in July 2019 to help students improve their art-making skills through looking at art and thinking critically, exploring techniques, and hands-on art-making to help with portfolio development. Students will learn the traditional techniques that form the basis of any art portfolio, whether a student wants to be a painter, sculptor, conceptual artist, or explore the world of graphic design, animation, or illustration. It is critical that art school applicants show that they understand the basic elements of art and the principles of design and put their best examples of these in their portfolio.

There will be an intensive 28-hour session where students will explore black and white drawing and color through painting. Students will work mainly with charcoal and acrylic paint. The subjects of their work will include plein air, self-portrait, still life, and life and clothed models so that they can experience creating works from direct observation. Students will be encouraged to “see differently” to create unique imagery from both observation and their imagination. They will learn critical thinking and how to analyze and critique both their own and the work of others. They will also explore different styles of writing in order to write a clear and intelligent statement about their art for their own artist statement, an essential part of the portfolio process.

The schedule is as follows: 

JULY 15 to 17, 2019, 12 to 5 pm
JULY 18, 2019, 10 am to 5 pm (curatorial preview tour in am)
JULY 19, 2019, 12 to 6 pm (attend artist talks and reception at end of day)

Cost:  $520 for Museum members | $550 for non-members

A list of art supplies to be purchased by the student is provided below and can be purchased locally at Allard’s with a student discount, online at, or through another retailer. Art supply costs will be between $150 and $200, although many art students may already have some of the required materials. Materials list provided upon request.

Workshop size will be limited to 10 students.

This workshop is for serious art students only. Students must be 15 years of age or older. College students wishing to transfer to a visual art college/school are okay.

Students may have the opportunity to draw from professional models that come in many shapes, sizes, and ages but some may be unclothed for life drawing session(s).

Policies:  No refunds, unless classes are canceled by the Museum. The Museum may substitute instructor, if necessary. All fees must be paid in advance. The Museum will not tolerate bullying, disruptive, violent, or otherwise inappropriate behavior and retains the right to send any child who exhibits such behavior home, without refund.

Course Instructor: Ai Krasner graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and a minor in art history from the College of Santa Fe, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy and Philadelphia, PA. She has been an art instructor at the Fresno Art Museum for two years and taught art to high school students at both the Tyler School of Art and Temple University in Philadelphia. She has worked in various curatorial positions at the Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research in Los Angeles and at the TAI Modern and Site Santa Fe, both in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ai also served on the selection committee that reviewed portfolios for Temple University’s Tyler School of Art undergraduate applicants.

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Click here for registration form.

Click here for art supply list.


If you or someone you know would be interested in sponsoring a student who is recommended by their art teacher but cannot afford the workshops, please call Susan at 559.441.4221 x101 to be matched to a deserving student. There are scholarships available to many art schools and colleges and a scholarship to these workshops could open doors for talented students.

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