Our BFA Art School Portfolio Track is a structured sequence of prompts and video lessons that will support the development of artworks for your portfolio. This free track is created with the specific intent to balance gaining a broad range of skills while also achieving the goal of creating a finished portfolio for your art school applications.
Do the track at your own pace! Taking the time to process the content is important, so we don’t advise putting pressure on yourself to finish the track quickly. Remember to have fun and enjoy the process! Hear Prof Lieu’s explanation of the track in this video.
Share your progress
Ideally, this ongoing assignment is to be done simultaneously with the track lessons. However, if your schedule doesn’t fit well with this, and you want to do the ongoing assignment at a separate time from the 10 lessons, our suggestion is to do the ongoing assignment for 3 weeks straight. The continuity is important so any time that you can draw daily for 3 weeks is great.
Draw for at least ten minutes daily in your sketchbook. Draw anything you want!
Do several sets of thumbnail sketches.
Gesture Drawings from life
Create 6 hours of 2-10 min. gesture drawings
sustained drawing from life
Create 1 sustained drawing with any drawing medium.
Create 1 mixed media artwork that is a shape that is not a rectangle, and that uses at least 2 media that are not from an art store, and has collage in some capacity.
Create a drawing with layered colors.
Color & mood
Create a portrait with an unusual color scheme to convey a specific mood or emotion.
Create 2 sculptures that are abstract representations of 2 contrasting sides of your personality.
Create an artwork that incorporates text within the image.
narrative interior space
Create a narrative artwork that shows physical depth through an interior space. Choose from a list of subjects.
imagined exterior space
Create a narrative artwork that shows physical depth through an imagined exterior space. Choose from a list of subjects.
- Submit your track images + info via this upload form.
- You can choose to receive a hard copy certificate from us via snail mail. (this includes international people)
- We’ll feature your track work in an Art Prof Share segment in one of our live streams on YouTube.
- We’ll post your name, a link of your choice, your slideshow, and video feature on the corresponding track page in our student gallery area.