This is an optional elective course for the Summer Art and Design Program 2020. This course cannot be taken separately.

This course welcomes individuals that want to explore the creative processes of creating a body of work, ranging from traditional to conceptual processes. This course is also most ideal for students preparing a portfolio if you are considering studying Design or Fine Arts. The initial focus is on core drawing skills, looking at a spectrum of methods from traditional to experimental practices. There will also be an emphasis on idea development and concept building. This course will go through the production of a portfolio and further discuss the ways to enrich the viewer’s engagement through the final touches–the writing and photography. The course will elaborate on the specific requirements that pertain to VCUartsQatar–which will help students gain a grasp of a range from traditional to conceptual practices. It will give an idea of the content needed to build a portfolio for an application. Work that you produce from this course could potentially form a part of your portfolio submissions.

Class Outline

Class 1: Introduction to fundamentals of art portfolio development

Overview of art and design elements and principles

[Reference: Art Portfolio Part 3–60minutes tissue box drawing]

Class 2: Introduction to observational drawing and composition

[Reference: Art Portfolio Part 2–Still Life]

Class 3: Exploration of color and levels of abstraction

[Reference: Art Portfolio Part 2–Still LIfe & 4–Additional Exercises]

Class 4: Discussion on Ideation and Conceptual Development

[Reference: Art Portfolio Part 1–Journey]

Class 5: The importance of explanation­–Discussion on Writing and Documentation of artworks

[Reference: Submission of Art Portfolio]


*Schedule is subject to change

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

Spirale canson 1557® a2 180g


Soft-touch big cutter


Eraser paper pen

Pastel colored pencil set

The above materials package is available for online order, payment, and delivery for QAR 271.03. All materials are 15% discounted, please email sales@ibnqym.com with the following details -

Subject - VCUarts Summer Program

Content: Package Portfolio and the quantity you require. Please add your name and number along with the email for them to be able to contact you. 

​Note: Foundation materials are mandatory for all Majors

Participants are also allowed to buy materials from their desired place, find below a few more suggestions. 

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Sun, 26 Jul, 2020
Thu, 30 Jul, 2020
Sunday through Thursday
10:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Yeon Geong Hwang

Yeon Geong Hwang strives for rigor in time management and work quality, which was awarded graduating from VCUarts Qatar as Valedictorian. At admission, her artistic portfolio was awarded the QF Scholarship of Creative Innovation. She endlessly investigates the potentials for improved communication through human-centered design. This led her to cross paths with diverse opportunities from interning to freelancing with Al Jazeera, teaching community classes, all while upholding a beloved illustration practice. An active member of teaching VCUarts Qatar’s community classes, she is currently pursuing her MFA degree as an active artist and designer–showcasing her designs at her website: www.yeongeonghwang.com.