Bak/Dreyfoos Audition Prep Class At ArtStart

Wellington-based ArtStart has announced that it will offer a one-week audition prep class for visual arts students who plan to submit an application to the Bak Middle School of the Arts or the Dreyfoos School of the Arts. The five-day session begins Monday, Aug. 13.

Each student will be asked to bring with them whatever work they have completed, so it can be reviewed and a decision made about whether to include the piece in the student’s portfolio.

Whatever looks “great,” said ArtStart’s Jeannette Pomeroy Parssi, will be considered for the portfolio. Areas in need of improvement will be addressed, and “the students will complete some wonderful new work for their portfolios, and will gain confidence in their ability to do the work.”

Parssi, a professional artist who teaches the class, said her goal is “to help students gain the confidence they will need when it comes to presenting their portfolios and doing the on-site work that is required of them at the interview.”

“Hands-on” is how Parssi described her teaching technique. “Each student is different, and each has different areas that could stand a bit more focus,” she said.

For that reason, class size is kept to a minimum, allowing each student to receive the help he or she needs. “In the end, the student has to do the work,” Parssi said. “But we’ll give them the tools they need to do it, and do it well.”

The class schedule is as follows: Session B1, Bak Visual Arts, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon; Session B2, Bak Visual Arts, Monday through Friday from 1 to 3 p.m.; and Session D3, Dreyfoos Visual Arts, Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Class size is limited to six students. Call (561) 635-2037 to schedule and register. The cost to attend Visual Arts Camp is $200. The class includes art supplies expert instruction and critique taught by Parssi, ArtStart president and founder. For more information, visit