Teen Programs

Drawing/ Painting and Portfolio Development
Teen program

Mission Statement

Calcolor Academy believes in the creative talents of the young artists of today. Their dreams and achievements are important to us. We teach our students the creative process and technical knowledge along with providing the academic guidance necessary for them to become successful in their pursuits.

Drawing (Portfolio PREP)

Age Group: 11-16 Years Old
Class Length: 2 hours

Drawing (Portfolio Prep) Class is designed for students 11 years+ to train and solidify advanced realistic drawing skills and solve almost all artistic problems including line, shape and form, light and shade, detail and texture, etc. Our systematically designed curriculum offers comprehensive themes (such as line drawing, geometric shapes, still life, portrait, and figure drawing) and scientific approaches. Students will also broaden their horizons and enhance their ability to aesthetics with art history knowledge inspiration. By completing all 4 levels of the class, students can independently complete projects with strong individuality and creativity that can be used directly in their college application and/or AP art portfolios.

  • Lv 1: Drawing Skills Fundamental (Required for ALL Portfolio students)
  • Lv 2: Advanced Still Life & Basic Portrait
  • Lv 3: Advanced Portrait & Figure Drawing
  • Lv 4: AP & Art Competition 

Painting (Portfolio PREP)

Age Group: 11-16 Years Old
Class Length: 2 hours

Painting (Portfolio Prep) Class is designed to acquaint students with color theories, materials, composition, and techniques of painting. Painterly representation as a major art medium will be emphasized. Color relationships as one of the essential features of painting will be analytically studied and explored through multiple interpretations and practices. The ability to manipulate visual elements to serve certain purposes is essential in the art discipline, and aesthetic judgment determines the outcomes. Students will also refer to and appreciate the masterpieces dealing with traditional and contemporary concerns regarding art movement and subject matter.

What We Cover In The Class:

  • Intro to Color System and Mixing Exercises
  • Still Life Color Temperature Studies
  • Still Life Value Patterns
  • Color Scheme Practices
  • Color Uses on Local, Optical, Emotional

Sketchbook Workshop

Age Group: 11+ Years Old
Class Length: 1.5 hours

Sketchbook Workshop is aiming to help students gain strong abilities to capture gestures and forms, as well as cultivate the habit of independent observation and art creation. The importance of sketching is self-evident: every masterpiece has had numerous solid sketching backups; every successful designer and artist demonstrates excellent sketching virtuosity. Through more than 400 pieces of practicing projects and multiple creative final projects in this class, students will harvest more than they expected. They will be exposed to immersive learning experiences, including exploring structures and gestures, collecting references, experimenting with compositions, narrating, and expressing via sketching. Inner interests in art and visual language expression capabilities will be enhanced; skills they learned from drawing and painting classes will be integrated. In short, this is a worthwhile time and energy investment that will help students to achieve the freedom of drawing.

portfolio development

Age Group: 14+ Years Old
Class Length: 2 hours

Portfolio Development (Cupertino/Fremont Campuses) class is designed for these three groups of students:

  1. Experienced students who are ready to do the most to improve their artistic abilities.
  2. Students who want to create a cohesive art portfolio that will complement their college applications
  3. Students who are creating a high level art portfolio for art school application or AP Art Exam for college credit
More about Portfolio Class
  • The instructor provides individualized curriculum plan and guidance based on each student’s needs
  • Opportunity to participate in high level national and international art competitions
  • Prerequisite:
    1. Ages 13+ and at least 1-2 years of art learning experience
    2. Teacher assessment
  • Additional Benefit Beyond Advanced Class:
    1. Individual Portfolio Review
    2. Portfolio Preparation
    3. High-Quality Digital Photo for Student’s Work (Additional Fees)

In this Portfolio class, we provide the mentorship, materials, creative environment, and support necessary for young students to extend themselves and push outside their comfort zones. At the same time, we understand that every artist needs feedback that is honest and helps them move forward. It’s our goal to help students become confident with their art and create it thoughtfully and independently. Because we will encourage students to develop artwork that can be defined as “original”, many artworks will be eligible to include in student portfolios that are submitted to colleges and art schools.

For the AP Art Exam, the instructors will help students develop a cohesive series of 12+ art pieces within a theme, along with 12+ supplemental exploration pieces outside of that theme. Instructors will also help edit/curate the portfolio, professionally photograph the work for submission, and help develop the artists’ statement to include important artistic vocabulary to showcase the student as deserving of college credit in the arts.

For more information about preparing for the AP Art Exam, please visit the AP Art Exam website.