Drew University

Studio Art Portfolio Preparation

We’re pleased to offer a series of two-week, intensive studio art portfolio preparation classes in drawing and painting, designed for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are interested in majoring in art in college or those students who simply want to improve their art skills.

All classes take place in Drew’s outstanding art facility, the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, which has state-of-the-art studios and other learning spaces designed specifically for art students.


  • Dates:  July 7 – 17; M, T, W, TH
  • Times:  9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., (includes 1-hour lunch break)

In this class, students will paint from life with the objective of developing visual language with texture, layering and spontaneous application of acrylic paint.  Discussion of contemporary art practice will take place as students build and strengthen observation skills, experiment with color theory, and gain mastery of materials. Composition, color and the power of light and shadow will join forces to help students create evocative images derived from external prompts as well as their imaginations.

Prof. Ahni Kruger is a practicing painter/printmaker whose images form a provocative blend of conceptual and perceptual approaches.  Her work is in many private and corporate collections, including Johnson & Johnson, Schlumberger, Skandia and Alliance Capital.  She has been an adjunct faculty member at Drew University since 1999.


  • Dates:  August 11 – 21; M, T, W, TH
  • Times:  9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., (includes 1-hour lunch break)

In this class, students will learn the basics of drawing.  Through use of line, shape, mass, space, texture and color, and drawing concepts like contour drawing, gesture drawing and negative shape drawing, students will experience how these visual art elements and concepts transform into art that can affect us emotionally, physically, psychologically and intellectually.

This class is designed to afford the student a strong foundation in basic drawing concepts.  A variety of materials will be used for the purpose of experiencing how their personalities can influence content.  Class critiques will help students to verbalize the relationships between the real world and the world of drawing.

Prof. William Mutter is a painter, ceramic sculptor, graphic designer and cartoonist living in New York City.  His fine art has been shown in museums and galleries across the country, including the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris.  Mutter has been an adjunct faculty member at Drew since 1992 and an instructor in the summer portfolio preparation program since its inception in 2006.

General Information

  • There is no college credit offered through this program
  • Only high school students may apply
  • This is a non-residential program
  • Lunch can be purchased on campus at Drew’s cash cafeteria. Additionally, students may opt to walk to nearby downtown Madison (a 5-minute walk) where there are several affordable lunch options.