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Coral Reef High School

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Coral Reef High School

10101 S.W. 152 Street

Miami, FL 33157

Information on Auditions for Magnet Art 

VISUAL ARTS – Applicants will:

1) Bring a one page PRINTED résumé including an Artist Statement and attach a photo of yourself- not to exceed 5"x7". (Please put your name on the back of your picture.)

2) Submit a FULL portfolio containing minimum ten (10+) examples of your best independent artwork using a variety of media inside. The portfolio should include observational/real-life drawings and paintings, observational sketches and finished work. 

(We do not accept cartoons, character work, animation, digital, comics, manga or anime styled work).

3) Submit a sketchbook(s)  reflecting the range of independent artistic explorations.

4) Applicants will participate in person at a studio session which will test their ability to draw from observation and imagination with a variety of media (3 tasks).

5) Applicants will be interviewed individually.

What you should know about the auditions:

Task 1: Use a 6B pencil to create a continuous line drawing of a section of the still life. Your drawing should show variations in line quality, should develop visual space and should show the forms clearly. Your drawing must fill the page so consider the composition and the areas of focus before you begin and do not pick up your pencil from the paper. Easels and drawing boards are available if you want to stand and draw- just raise your hand.

Goals- Use pencil only to draw with a continuous line which varies in quality. Never pick your pencil up off the paper once you start. 25 minutes.

Task 2: You will use the mirrors and the oil pastels to make a well observed, convincing self-portrait. You should consider point of view, placement of figure on the page, your use of color and light, and the treatment of the negative spaces. Your composition should reasonably fill the page and should be a convincing likeness. Draw directly with the oil pastels. You may not use pencil.

Goals- Create a convincing likeness which reveals something of your personality. Compose the picture so the figure and negative spaces are interestingly balances. Use color representationally or expressionistically and complete a simple background. Observe and sensitively translate forms of your face and head into color. Be as realistic as possible. 25 minutes.

Task 3: Use charcoal and your eraser only to create a well- observed drawing of a different section of the still life. Let your composition fill the page. Keep your eyes on the still life more than the paper. Use the charcoal confidently and expressively. Remember that you may use the eraser to smear the charcoal or to add highlights. Easels and drawing boards are available if you want to stand and draw- just raise your hand.

Goals- Create an accurate observation of the forms and spaces in the still life. Have sensitive use of value and contrast to create a sense of form and space. Develop surface textures and the character of form. Create a unified full page composition. 25 minutes.

Task 1:

Continuous Line Still Life Drawing

Task 2:

Self-Portrait

Task 3:

Charcoal Still Life Drawing

Not sure what to have in your sketchbook or Portfolio?

 Here are some GREAT suggestions:


1-Draw 2 Hands in 2 different positions. 6B Pencil.

2- Arrange a Still Life with a variety of objects and use a strong light source. Draw the still life. 6B Pencil.

3- Close up study: Draw an object that is shiny from direct observation. 6B Pencil

4- Typography Design: Draw and shade a large design using only letters and numbers to create imaginative space in reality. 6B Pencil/Colored Pens.

5-Mixed media interpretation of a political idea or thought. Any materials except for watercolor, magazines and newspaper.

6-Exploration of interior settings. 6B Pencil/Colored Pencils.

7-Draw a bicycle with its shadow in the sun. 6B Pencil.

8- Drawing of 3-4 tools overlapping each other. 6B Pencil

9-Create a charcoal drawing of two of the same shoes together. Different positions.

10- Create an optical illusion. Black marker.

Contact the Art Department at Coral Reef High!!


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