Drew University

Studio Art Portfolio Preparation


Studio Art Portfolio Preparation

Drew offers non-credit studio art intensives for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. These courses are designed to help students prepare a portfolio for college applications or simply advance their craft. All classes take place in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew. This course is offered only to high school students living off-campus.

Mixed Media Works on Paper

Use drawing, painting and sculpture skills to create a series of works on paper.

Materials unique to printmaking — collagraph, monotype, etching and relief — will be used to make rich, colorful images. Emphasis will be placed on developing visual language with texture, layering and spontaneous application of ink using non-toxic approaches.  We will use copper plates and a corrosive salt (no acid!) for etching, and build collagraphs with cardboard, thin textured materials and glue.

Discussion of contemporary art practice will take place as students sample approaches to describing pertinent issues and concerns with evocative, multilevel print techniques.

July 6-16, 2015
Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (includes 1-hour lunch break)
Ahni Kruger

Professor 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.


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 relationship between the real world and the world of drawing.

August 10-20, 2015
Monday –Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (includes 1-hour lunch break)
William Mutter

Professor 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.