Students in this class are assumed to be developing a portfolio to either showcase an area of interest in art or to use as a tool for an application to art school. If a student is interested in a specific school their portfolio expectations are reviewed and they are guided towards achieving as many pieces as possible. All pieces need to be done within the confines of the class and students are required to complete at least one piece per quarter. They will be using a theme to base work on as a point of departure but the medium chosen can be watercolor, oil, ink, pencil, pastel, gauche, mix media or maybe clay. Seniors are strongly encouraged to use references as skill is strongly assessed by most institutions for painting, drawing sculpture, illustration advertising, cartooning etc. All students are expected to keep a sketchbook.