College Prep

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Photo of Director of College Admissions from Pratt Institute is visiting Bridgeview to critique portfolios and advise students on college admissions.

2021 - 2022 Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: September 13 - December 5 (12 weeks)

  • Winter Semester: January 10 - April 3 (12 weeks)

  • Spring Semester: April 4 - June 26 (12 weeks)

  • Summer Semester: July 5 - Aug 28

This class is ideal for HS students or adults who want to develop a high quality scholarship-earning portfolio. Usually we start with HS freshmen and continue working with them through the senior year when applications are due. Bridgeview has the most successful record of our students getting into the most competitive colleges, sometimes on full scholarships. SVA, Pratt, Cooper Union, MICA, RISD, FIT, Art Institute of Chicago and many others.

General progression is from still life to portrait/self-portrait to the human figure. Media may include pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, oils, acrylics, watercolor.

Some design/composition/perspective/story board assignments are also given to students preparing specific portfolios for specific art majors like animation, interior design, fashion, illustration, architecture etc.

As an additional benefit for students, Bridgeview invites college admissions councilors who talk about their colleges and also review students' portfolios.

Nude models are used in this class, so parental consent is required.

Minimum Age 14

Summer Schedule: 

Monday 3 - 6 pm for Summer
Instructor Sasha Budaev
$400 (8 sessions)
3 spots


Monday 6 - 9 pm. Portrait/Figure Drawing. Anatomy for Artists.
8 weeks July and August, but partial registration possible with minimum of 6 weeks if traveling
$400 (materials not included)
Instructor Sasha Budaev
2 spots

Saturday 3 - 6 pm. Drawing, Painting, Composition. Special college portfolio projects.
8 weeks July and August, but partial registration possible with minimum of 6 weeks if traveling
$400 (materials not included)
Instructor Leonid Shoshensky
4 spots

Fall/Winter/Spring

Painting. Still Life and Portrait
Monday 4 - 6.15 pm 
Instructor Sasha Budaev
$470 (12 sessions) for Fall/Winter/Spring

Life Drawing. Portrait/Figure/Anatomy
Monday 6.15 - 9.00 pm 
Instructor Sasha Budaev
$470 (12 sessions) for Fall/Winter/Spring

Saturday 3 - 6 pm. Drawing, Painting, Composition. Special college portfolio projects.
$470 (materials not included) or Fall/Winter/Spring
Instructor Leonid Shoshensky