Tag Archives: creative process

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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3 Nov 2014
Advanced higher art and design
View advanced higher art and design showcase 2014

On Thursday evening we attended the Advanced Higher art and design exhibition at the Tramway in Glasgow. For those of you not familiar with the Scottish education system, the advanced higher art and design is the final award studied at school if chosen to. It's ranked slightly higher than A levels by UCAS and many students who study advanced higher art then go on to apply to art college.

Having never attended this event before (it's been running for 4 years) I was quite excited to be seeing the best of the schools' talent. Also in a greatly inspiring venue, the Tramway Centre, Glasgow.

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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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12 May 2014
Bibi design
Waverley Line Open Studios success!

I and 4 others have been busily preparing for the first ever Waverley Line Open Studios (artists open studios) since the beginning of the year. And finally on Saturday we opened our doors to the public for people to see what we do, how we do it and get lots of other questions that they might have answered.

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21 Mar 2014
life drawing art college
Life drawing – or not?

Life drawing or not, that is the question?! You might be wondering what to put in an art portfolio for success.

I feel compelled to write this blog post as we've been running a portfolio preparation workshop which included life drawing classes in Haddington for school pupils applying to art college. This is a great opportunity for students as it is a thorough academic session in developing and strengthening looking and recording skills. This is relevant to any art or design project to varying degrees. (more…)

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20 Jan 2014
art school sketchbook ideas
Taking risks with your work

Starting a new piece of work or on a new idea can be quite daunting. There is always the pressure that it must be a good piece, particularly if it is for an exam or for your portfolio in application for art college. This doesn't leave much room or time for experimental art.

From experience we know very well what works and what perhaps doesn't work so well and we often stick to this set of rules. (more…)

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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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30 Aug 2013
Life drawing for art college
Portfolio development workshops in East Lothian

We have some excellent news that we will running our portfolio development workshops again for school pupils in East Lothian. It is aimed at any school pupil in the East Lothian  Council schools who wants to apply to art college or is studying art at higher or advanced higher level to improve their portfolio ideas.

We had some great successes from last years group, places being offered to participants at Glasgow School of Art, Gray's School of Art, Heriot Watt University, Falmouth University and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

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21 Aug 2013
parents and art college
A parent’s view on applying to art college

Portfolio Oomph focuses very much the on the art education of the applicant (usually a young adult) when applying to art college but it can also be a tricky time for the parents of these applicants. If you have a child who is keen on pursuing an art education and is doing well in their exams, the whole idea of an art portfolio can be quite confusing. This is especially so if you haven't had an art education yourself or you're not connected in some way to the art world. It can feel like banging your head against a brick wall trying to find out information from a reliable, independent source. (more…)

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16 Aug 2013
The Big Draw
The Big Draw – drawing techniques

We are excited to be partnering with The Big Draw this year in delivering a workshop online that you can all take part in, for free! Anyone across the globe can take part using your GPS location tracking system on your mobile device along with a simple GPS Drawing app. This type of drawing technique is fun, experimental and really doesn't require any previous experience.

In true Portfolio Oomph style, we have a free eBook that guides you through the process of setting up the app and using your body position on the earth as your pencil!

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