Visual Arts

The goal of the Visual Arts Department is to create a supportive and challenging arts environment for students that enables them to experience, first-hand, the discipline, knowledge and seriousness that lead them to a career in the visual arts. Artist-teachers and visiting artists, who, through their teaching, serve as mentors to the student artist, introduce students to art history and the principles of artistic form. In two- and three-dimensional studio classes, NOCCA visual art students are encouraged to concentrate on technical proficiency, creative problem solving and self-discovery. This focused exploration increases confidence and allows students to stay open to new possibilities and to 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. With the knowledge they gain at NOCCA, students leave with a portfolio that reflects work that is technically sound and that expresses their personal point-of-view.

Audition Expectations

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.

Audition Process:

Portfolio Review: Selected students will be asked to present a portfolio of carefully chosen examples of work during Portfolio Review Week. This is separate from 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 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. The remaining portfolios cannot be stored and will be discarded.

Drawing From Observation: You will be required to produce a drawing during the audition.

Interview: Faculty members will talk with you while reviewing your portfolio, drawings and reading ability, and evaluating academic strengths.

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

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