Category Archives: Drawing
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5 Oct 2017
Making your own drawing charcoal
Making your own drawing charcoal

We had a fabulous day last week in the beautiful autumn sun, in the woods MAKING OUR OWN DRAWING CHARCOAL can you believe! Why don't you have a go too?

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19 Jul 2017
Ed Sheeran on creativty
Listen to Ed Sheeran about creativity

So, we were listening to Ed Sheeran on BBC's Desert Island discs today and what he says about how he writes his songs can so easily be applied to drawing.

Artists like Ed Sheeran don't bring in two Grammys, four Brit awards and global success for nothing. He's mastered his creativity and what it takes to produce this success – so I think there's no-one probably better to listen to!

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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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19 Jun 2017
Drawing from life or from your phone?
Drawing from life or from your phone?

There are many places where you can get your ideas from and use as the starting point for a drawing. More and more often, we are finding that students are drawing the still life that is in front of them, objects/subjects, portraits or even landscape from their phones, ie. off a photo on their phone screen rather than directly.

This, I suppose, is the equivalent (for those who grew up without mobile phones) to drawing from photographs. When I was at College, drawing from photos was a real no-no and for me still, drawing from photos and especially mobile phone screens is just not acceptable – controversial maybe, but really not good practice. (more…)

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20 Feb 2017
STEAM not STEM
Art of Education Conference #artednow

On Saturday we took part in a totally new experience in our education world – an online conference! We've been to many conferences, mainly art based and all have been where we have been physically present. But last year we were asked to take part in this online conference organised by American based The Art of Education (AOE), an online resource for art teachers providing online classes, teaching materials, lessons, videos and much more.

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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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3 Aug 2016
The Art of Education
The Art of Education guest blogging

We were delighted to be invited to write for the huge american art teachers support website, The Art of Education on all aspects of creating a portfolio for art college. We were very pleased that they were some of their most popular posts, generating close to 200 shares on Facebook and over 400 likes!

We were posed a list of questions by Art of Education senior editor Amanda Heyn and they really got us fired up……

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7 Apr 2015
John Byrne artist
GSA, drawing and John Byrne

A couple of months ago (10 February 2015) artist John Byrne was very outspoken with his views on Glasgow School of Art and its students. Here at Portfolio Oomph we felt strongly that the views of John Byrne weren't a fair or honest reflection of what it really happening at GSA.

So much so, that we wrote a letter in response that was published on 13 February 2015.

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13 Jan 2015
impress your art teacher
Drawings that will impress your art teacher

Drawings that will impress your art teacher?? Hmm, this might sound like a pretty normal thing to do as many students do think that drawing is only valued / validated if it impresses their art teacher. Have you ever done this? Let's just make the clarification between drawing ONLY to impress your art teacher and drawing that is enjoyable for you but also happens to impress your art teacher. The 2 are very different, so read on.

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7 Aug 2014
Julie Read Portfolio Oomph
6 ways to help improve your drawing

I've heard it so many times "but I just CAN'T draw". If you want to improve your drawing skills, read on.

It's almost like someone has resigned themselves to not being able to draw or believes that you either can draw or you can't. I don't believe that anyone can't draw, learn how to draw or improve their drawing skills. It is a skill and like any skill it can be learnt. Being creative is perhaps someone a little more complex and I can understand more why some believe they aren't very creative. However, there are still ways that creativity can be encouraged and nurtured rather than just accepting that you're not a creative person.

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