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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, various media, observational sketches and finished work. 

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

3) Submit a sketchbook(s) reflecting the range of  your 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 and eraser to create a  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. 

Goals- Use pencil only to draw a section of the still life in front of you. Realistic & accurate.

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.

Task 3: Using a black marker draw a different section of the still life with a continuous-like contour line. Show the variation of forms and surfaces with a descriptive line. Use the whole page to compose your drawing.

Goals- Use marker to draw a different section of the still life in front of you, emphasizing pressure and linework.

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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