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Fine Art Portfolio Skills Classes Begin September 18!

Max the Mutt will offer the Fine Art & Portfolio Skills Certificate Program as an all day Sunday program starting Sunday,  September 18th !   

Curriculum changes in secondary school programs leave many students without a grounding in traditional REPRESENTATIONAL fine art skills, the skills required for success in many art based careers such as animation, illustration, fashion design, advertising art, concept design, and often required for acceptance into to undergraduate college and university programs. The Fine Art & Portfolio Skills Certificate Program at Max the Mutt was designed to help anyone who plans to apply to these college or university programs. Class size is limited, and individual attention is guaranteed. This program is open to adults as well as  secondary school students.

The curriculum:

  • 20 three hour life drawing classes
  • 20 three hour drawing classes using still life to teach you how we create the illusion of 3 dimensions on a 2D surface;
  • 10 three hour perspective classes introducing 1, 2 and 3 point perspective
  • 10 three hour classes on composition, colour theory, and using acrylic paint.

At the end of each unit, you will have a one on one meeting with the instructor, and at the end of the course, a final meeting with a qualified professional to assist in choosing work for you portfolio.

Successful completion of all units is required to receive the certificate. This includes professionalism ( good attendance, punctuality, ability to take direction, polite professional behaviour) as well as Pass level work.

The schedule:

Life Drawing and Principles of Drawing (60 hours): September 18 to November 27 (60 hours)

(Off October 9 for Thanksgiving)

Life Drawing and Perspective (60 hours) : December 11, 18; 26, 27, 28, 29, 2016; January 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017  (Note: classes will meet 4 consecutive full days during the winter break.)

Design and Painting (60 hours): February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 2017

Saturday, March 4 Overall Portfolio Reviews

March 5 last day of classes


Life Drawing with Jock MacRae

Life Drawing with Jock MacRae, building portfolio skills!


Sign before September to receive discounted tuition!