Category Archives: Inspiration
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6 Apr 2018
Rosanna Dyke - textiles
Advanced higher art or further education?

So, you've just finished 5th year at school (here in Scotland) and you've achieved your Highers. So that means that you're possibly qualified for entry for art college in Scotland.

Each year, when I have students visit for their mentoring sessions, more often than not they are at school in the 6th year studying for their Advanced Highers. I wanted to write this blog post for those of you who aren't quite at that stage yet, maybe you're in 4th or 5th year. (more…)

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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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5 Oct 2017
Are you still working from photos?
Are you still working from photos?

Why it's good to get out of this habit

I know you're probably thinking that it's easier to work from photos and it might be much more convenient too. However, a testimonial that we received the other week from a student's Mum said:

"Before Portfolio Oomph came into our lives Emily was happy drawing, painting but she was not creating. She clearly had the skills but was copying from photos, paintings etc. Although her teachers were very encouraging they weren’t helping her think for herself." (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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30 Aug 2017
Vanessa Bullick ceramics
Vanessa Bullick ceramics

Just a little shout out for an artist/ceramicist that I have had my eye on her work for a while.

I have to say, I don't buy a lot of artists work, so this is a real treat – well, it was a treat for my birthday from my family. (more…)

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13 Aug 2017
Jac Leirner - Fruitmarket Gallery
Jac Leirner at Fruitmarket Gallery

When we visit galleries we usually think and know that we're going there to be creatively inspired and challenged. There might be some fun work, there might be some thought provoking and maybe work that makes us feel uncomfortable.

But we probably don't go to galleries thinking that we're going to be challenged with our maths and arithmetic! (more…)

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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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10 Jul 2017
Glasgow School of Art degree shows
Glasgow School of Art degree shows

A very quick overview of the Glasgow School of Art degree shows 2017 – or what we saw of them as time was limited!

As mentioned in a previous post, we were visiting for the very special occasion of our very first mentee, who was graduating. He achieved a first class honours degree in Sculpture and Environmental art and was awarded one of the RSA New Contemporaries awards – result!

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7 Jun 2017
How you see the world
Do you want to hear my art college application story?

Learning from MY mistakes!!! I'll tell you a brief story, about my experience of applying to art college as there's a fair bit to learn from it.

I was a student who many, many years ago, didn’t get a place at Art College, in fact 3 Art Colleges, and I was gutted as I thought my portfolio was great – honestly! (more…)

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5 May 2017
Julie Read - why I started Portfolio Oomph
Why I started Portfolio Oomph

We're coming to you here from an absolutely gorgeous, sunny Edinburgh – spring is here! 

I just really wanted to share with you a little bit this morning about why I started up Portfolio Oomph, and we've been running now for two or three years. And I used to work at Edinburgh College of Art in the First Year Department and part of the job was to interview candidates for First Year.

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