Many creative students (and parents) can feel overwhelmed by the audition process for a Regional Arts Program. We are here to help!

Full 8 Week Course Description:


This course is to aid students in preparing for all aspects of their Regional Arts Program audition for Mayfield Secondary School. It includes:

  • A consultation explaining in detail the requirements of the program – in simple language. This takes place in the first class.

  • Supervised studio time to work on both their sketchbook and required pieces;

  • Advice on art materials and instruction on their use;

  • Direction in photographing artwork and preparing labels as needed;

  • Role-playing practice sessions to prepare for the audition;

As students are applying to the visual arts program, it is assumed that they have taken previous art courses to learn the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. They should also have at least basic knowledge of how to use drawing and painting materials. The purpose of this course is NOT to teach drawing, painting or any other specific technique. It is exclusively to prepare the portfolio requirements. 


We appreciate though, that some students are self-taught and talented but have not taken previous courses. We understand that with both groups there may be gaps in artistic knowledge and if we see that the entire group can benefit from a refresher on certain art techniques or principles, we will use one of the first classes to do this. As the course progresses, each student will be working independently on their portfolio, under the guidance of the instructor.


Art Supplies:

Although materials are not provided for this course, please do not purchase materials or portfolios before the first class as advice will be given on what to purchase. We have an optional Portfolio Prep Kit available for purchase. We have designed this package with materials that we feel are useful in preparing the required portfolio pieces. It does not include a portfolio or sketchbook. A sample will be available at the first class. 



Please be advised that although this is supervised studio time, students will be required to present and complete their own original artistic works.The ideas, reference materials and execution must all be their own. 


This course consists of a total of 12 hours of instruction. How long does it take to produce one piece of art? How many pieces are required for the audition? Doing the math, you will understand that students will not be completing their portfolio during the course. The course is to guide them on producing the rough copies and to organize them to complete all required pieces on time and provide instruction in areas where it is needed. All students will be expected to complete portions of their audition portfolio each week at home.


Things to Consider:

This course is not a substitute for attending the information session provided by Mayfield Secondary School for the Regional Arts Program. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Attending this course does not guarantee acceptance into any RAP program.  Progressive Art for Progressive Kids is in no way affiliated with any school.

What if I am applying to another school?

Each secondary school with a Regional Arts Program has their own list of requirements for their audition.  If you are applying to a school other than Mayfield Secondary School and require guidance with your portfolio, please contact us by email.   Grade 8 only please.

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