Visual Arts
Students currently in 8-11th grades are eligible to apply.

The Visual Arts Department creates a supportive and challenging arts environment that enables students to experience, first-hand, the discipline, knowledge and dedication required in the visual arts field. Artist-teachers and visiting artists serve as mentors to the student artist, introducing students to art history and the principles of artistic form. In two- and three-dimensional studio classes, students are encouraged to concentrate on technical proficiency, creative problem solving and self-discovery. This focused curriculum increases confidence and skill and allows students to explore new possibilities and become increasingly self-directed. In critiques, students are able to exercise their aptitude at art analysis and more accurately assess their own work and the work of others. 

Include with your completed application:  Two drawings: one technical drawing with specific requirements and one personal expression drawing. Both drawings should be drawn in pencil on 8 1/2 by 11" white paper. The technical drawing should be drawn directly from observation. Its subject matter can be either: A) pair of tennis shoes/boots; or B) an arrangement of kitchen tools/utensils. The personal expression drawing can be your choice of subject matter. In both drawings, be sure to use the entire page, consider composition and use full range of value. Drawings submitted with the application will not be returned. Selected students will be asked to advance to the Audition Process.

Portfolio Review: Selected students will be asked to present a portfolio of carefully chosen examples of work prior to the student's scheduled audition day and time. Students will be notified of a portfolio drop-off day at NOCCA. Students should submit outstanding original work that demonstrates commitment and investment with an emphasis on work from direct observation. Consider quality before quantity; 10-15 pieces are typical. Include a variety of media, including work in color. All work should have been created within the last two years. All work should fit into a large portfolio or envelope with your name, address and phone number labeled on the outside. Do not submit framed pieces. Sculptural work and works on canvas may be included but should be represented by a photograph or a digital print. Do not send the actual sculptural work or canvas. Portfolios will be returned to students at the end of the audition. Any remaining portfolios cannot be stored and will be discarded.

At the audition: 

(1) You will be required to produce a drawing from direct observation during the audition. (2) You will be required to write a response to an image of an artwork. (3) Faculty members will talk with you-reviewing your drawing, written artwork response, reading ability and academic strengths.