Category Archives: Workshops
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21 Feb 2018
Dyslexia and Creativity
Creative Dyslexic Network

We're getting very excited about our event on dyslexia and creativity, a new partnership with Dyslexia Scotland – Creative Dyslexic Network.

This event (details below) is being held for Dyslexic creatives who need support forwarding their creative futures and/or generic job searches. (more…)

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27 Sep 2017
Newtongrange Primary School visit to Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland visit for Newtongrange Primary P5

Yesterday was a fabulous day.

We saw the first 2 classes from Newtongrange Primary School, where our daughter attends, visit Jupiter Artland Foundation to engage in their hands on education programme. I have to say that I am absolutely thrilled for every child at Newtongrange as it's a magical place! We had a fabulous first day and the quality of the workshop was outstanding.

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23 Jun 2017
Sketchbooks and mark making in nature

We've had a great relationship with schools in the Dumfries and Galloway area of Scotland in the past year. 4 x 1 day workshops have taken place to inspire and engage young people in the area to challenge their techniques and processes and to think more about experimentation in their work. We also did a day workshop assisting students with the creation of their digital portfolios in preparation for their art college application. 

Last week we journeyed down to Newton Stewart to take part in a residential in conjunction with the Outdoor Education Service in Dumfries and Galloway Council. 13 art and design students spent 3 nights down at Stronord Centre where they had time to focus fully on their art before commencing on their final 6th year at school after the summer holidays. Some of these students will be applying for art college, which was why we were invited to deliver a workshop. (more…)

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9 Jan 2017
Masterclass - art college portfolio preparation
Preparing your art college portfolio with mock interview

When you’ve worked on your art college portfolio for 4 or 5 months it can be quite difficult to get some perspective and clarity to bring it all together for interview. When you know your work inside out getting a fresh pair of eyes on your work and a mock interview can really consolidate your application.

This practical, hands-on session from expert in portfolio preparation, Julie Read from Portfolio Oomph,  is designed for anyone who is applying to art college and is in the process of finalising their portfolio for interview.

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22 Nov 2016
sketchbook drawings
Sketchbooks a go-go!!

Goodness, we've not written a blog post for some 2 months!! What's happened? Well, other than being inundated with mentoring students we've been out on the road doing some workshops with teachers and pupils at school across Scotland, that's what happened. (more…)

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15 Aug 2016
Sketchbooks for art college
Portfolio preparation course – sketchbooks

It's coming around again soon, oh yes, schools here in Edinburgh go back this week – can you believe it!! Where we live, we just fit into the Midlothian Council area so our kids are back next week but there is nothing like that "back to school feeling". Ughhh! 

However, let's turn it into a positive and think about what lovely creative projects we can get started and in that respect getting some good sketchbooks for art college underway.

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10 Feb 2016
art portfolio masterclass 2016
Editing, organising and mounting your art college portfolio with mock interview

When you’ve worked on your art college portfolio for 5 months it can be quite difficult to get some perspective and clarity to bring it all together for interview. When you know your work inside out getting a fresh pair of eyes on your work and a mock interview can really consolidate your application.

This practical, hands-on session from expert in portfolio preparation Julie Read from Portfolio Oomph  is designed for anyone who is applying to art college and is in the process of finalising their portfolio for interview.

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11 Jan 2016
portfolio prepartion course
Portfolio preparation course at the National Galleries of Scotland

The October break is a great time to really start focusing on your art college application and your art college ideas. You've had time to settle back into school and hopefully get into a project or 2 in the art department.

Last year we ran a portfolio preparation course at the National Galleries in Edinburgh – based at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

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17 Sep 2014
sketchbook examples
Improve your sketchbook ideas

Great news once more! Our 'Idea and sketchbook development' at Off the Rails Arthouse in Ladybank is running again in November 2014 due to the success of the previous workshops in July and October last year.

Individuality of ideas or even just generating art sketchbook ideas and what to work from can be a real problem when creating artwork. Once you've decided what you are going to work on there also comes that really scary question of 'what I am I going to do with it?'

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19 Dec 2013
sketchbook ideas
Sketchbook development eCourse now available!

We have spent months preparing this eCourse and now it is finally available for you to download from our website. Sketchbooks are somewhat a mystery to many, how do I work in them, what should be in them, what are they for? These are questions we are asked over and over which is why we’ve developed this course to help anyone who is working in sketchbooks for their application to art college.

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