If you’re looking for support and you live in Scotland we offer mentoring / private art lessons in Edinburgh on a face to face basis. If you are further afield we can work by Skype, email and telephone.

Mentoring through our private art lessons is a developmental partnership through which one person shares knowledge, skills, information and perspective. We use this to foster the creative growth of students through our mentoring and art classes Edinburgh.

Mentoring is about us helping you to achieve something; more specifically, something that is important to you – getting into art college. We empower you to move forward with confidence towards what you want to achieve.

Our Mentoring Story

In the past 3 years we've worked with 31 students helping them to gain 50 places for art and design courses in the UK.

We have 3 very special stories that we'd like to share with you about students who've achieved outstanding results, which at first seemed unattainable.

Read on about our first mentoring story and Lachlan's parents take on it – Lachlan didn't study art at school and went on to study at Glasgow School of Art.

You may well have watched the video at the top of the page, if not I urge you to. Ellie achieved 5 places at the some of the top colleges in the UK for fashion, the most competitive subject at art college.

Finally we worked with Yashi, an Indian student for her international application over the summer to build a portfolio in just 5 weeks. We worked face to face then by Skype and email once she returned to India. She's now studying at Edinburgh College of Art. Read more here.

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  • Thanks to Portfolio Oomph I got admission in Edinburgh College of Art. A year back I would not have known how to create a portfolio and what universities look for in a promising student. But it was pure and utter luck that we managed to find such an amazing tutor.

    With Julie's guidance and teaching I began to realise the process. She made me realise what I was doing wrong and gave me a framework to work from. She gave me space to work on what I was interested in and kept me in the right direction if I was diverting from the subject of my topic. She helped me right down to the minute details.

    Thanks Julie you really helped me!

    Yashasvi Harikrishna: ECA, art
  • I was quite lost to be honest about where to begin with my application. I had almost no idea about what the art colleges expect to see in the portfolio.

    I learned through discussions with Julie and visits to the college that they want to see the process – loads of research and initial sketches instead of just perfectly polished final pieces. I just needed a lot of advice which Portfolio Oomph gave me and work, work, work.

    I'm now studying in Kingston University on their Fashion course. Portfolio Oomph helped me to sort things out, get some order in my work and understand what's to be done.

    It sort of cleared my view and I felt it is possible for me to achieve this. I would recommend Portfolio Oomph to anyone making an art college application.

    Daina Cutulab: Kingston University, fashion
  • I am very grateful for the help and advice you gave Cameron Julie. Having the opportunity to chat through his portfolio with someone before the pressure of an Art School interview allowed Cameron to practise what he needed to say.

    The advice from the ebooks together with your thoughts that day were really helpful for him. Cameron had an interview at GSA for their sculpture and environmental art course; he was over the moon at even getting an interview as only 3 out of 12 from his school got an interview. He’s since heard that he has unconditional offers from both GSA and Aberdeen!

    Janieann McCracken (parent): GSA, sculpture and environmental art
  • Julie is a true Guru, understanding Yashi’s areas of strength and the areas for development.

    In a short period of time, Julie was able to channel Yashi’s energies and passion into skills and capabilities. Yashi blossomed and with dedication strived hard in preparing for the selection processes of her dream colleges for which she was applying to. From a person who was struggling to find her calling in life, Yashi evolved into a person who became focused on what she wanted to achieve in her life’s journey. She found joy in expressing her feelings through the medium of art.

    As parents we witnessed this transformation from very close quarters and truly feel obliged to Portfolio Oomph and Julie for unleashing the creative energies in Yashi and guiding her in such a sterling manner. Yashi is now studying at Edinburgh College of Art.

    Badas Harikrishna (parent): ECA, art
Private Lessons In Edinburgh

If you are working preparing a portfolio for application to art college alone then the whole process can seem quite daunting. Who do you ask for impartial advice about your work? Does that person have a good insight into what the art colleges are looking for in an applicant? Even if you are at school or on a portfolio preparation course then it can sometimes still be quite difficult.

Our private art lessons are goal orientated – that of getting a place at art college.

>>WHAT DO WE DO? Together, we establish a focused, personal development plan.

>>HOW DO WE DO IT? After an initial hour long meeting Portfolio Oomph establishes a contract that sets out your requirements from Portfolio Oomph. This details our interpretation of your requirements and the support that we can offer. Importantly, we provide some action points for you to get started on a more focused path. It also sets out the arrangements for meeting which can be flexible for example: on an ongoing, regular basis or just as and when you feel you need support.

>>HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? Mentoring sessions are charged at £40 / hour (and £20 per part/half hour), payable in cash only at the end of each session please. If we are working by Skype our sessions are charged at £45 / hour and payment to be made prior to the session.

>>WHERE DOES IT HAPPEN? All coaching meetings will take place at the Portfolio Oomph studio. This is to allow for access to materials, books and other resources. If travelling from Edinburgh we are served by Lothian buses route 29, Borders buses route X95 and now we have a rail link which is a short 20 minute train trip on the Borders Railway Tweedbank line. (Full address is 16 Park Road, Newtongrange, Midlothian. EH22 4JW). Mentoring is also offered by Skype.

>>HOW DO I ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT? You can call us on 07815 810797, email us through our contact page or click the book appointment button below to book online (there is also the opportunity to write a message with your booking)

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Portfolio Oomph does not offer refunds on any of its products or services. Portfolio Oomph offers you the best possible chance of creating a portfolio that will secure you a place at art college. However we cannot guarantee that by using our learning materials/mentoring services that you will be accepted to art college. The website, its content and all mentoring services are a support to aid your application, not a passport to a place.

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