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The best way to get this information is to pick up a few art school
catalogues. They are very specific about what is to be presented in
potfolios for application and you can use it as a guide. Generally they
want to see that the students can handle a variety of media and subject
matter. (This is an important point that I pass on to my students who
continue to sing a one note song in art like cartoon characters!)
Several examples of pencil drawing should show skill at rendering and
shading. Pen and ink should show the same, using crosshatching or other
inking techniques to reveal shading. Examples of painting might reveal
experience in different kinds of paint and application techniques. Creative
design projects are also suggested. One or two examples of 3-D work should
include photographic views of the project from several sides.
Most schools are interested in seeing how students handle traditional
subject matter including portraits, figure, still life and landscape.
You can also call the art department of any large college or university and
ask them what they are looking for. They'll be glad to help.
>Give me ambiguity or give me something else.