Tag Archives: mentoring

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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22 May 2014
Portfolio Oomph success
Art portfolio advice success for 2014!

Successes with our art portfolio advice from face to face workshops and mentoring for 2014 entry have been a huge achievement for our students but also a huge achievement for us! Our art portfolio advice has helped nearly twice as many students this year than last and the range of courses and colleges is expansive. (more…)

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8 Nov 2013
UCAS word count
This weekend – start drafting your UCAS personal statement

Whilst mentoring this week we've worked with 3 students and the one thing that has been discussed with all 3 is getting started writing your UCAS personal statement.

Whilst you might think there's loads of time before the deadline of 15 Jan 2014 there is also a lot of other stuff you need to get right too. Get this done early and you can forget about it and start thinking and doing all the work that needs to be done to get your portfolio up to scratch. (more…)

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16 Sep 2013
Studying the course of your dreams – articulation agreements

Picture this, you are dead set on going to one particular college/university and you know exactly which course you want to do. It is really competitive and there are only a small number of places each year. 'How do I get into art college?' is something we are asked all the time.

What is the best strategy to following your dreams and getting accepted onto this course? Read on to find out about articulation agreements.

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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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13 May 2013
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Art portfolio success!

Since it's a little over a year since our website as you see it went live (April 2012) we thought we'd let you know how our students we've worked with over the last year have been getting on. We've made up some info graphics to display this information on their art portfolio success stories. (more…)

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14 Jan 2013
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Digital portfolios – top 10 tips

Applying for art college this year? Not all colleges interview every student anymore as the time, costs and organisation involved in this process is immense. Art college digital portfolios are the way to go!

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3 Dec 2012
Independent School parent
Website of the month – Independent School parent!

We've had some great press coverage recently in the Independent School Parent magazine and Chesterfield College newsletter, we'll share it with you.

We're really pleased to make it to the website of the month list in the Independent School Parent which is aimed at parents of children aged 13-18 years attending independent schools across the UK. It has a distribution to over 700 preparatory and public schools. (more…)

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26 Sep 2012
Glasgow School of Art
Mentoring success story – GSA

Our first mentee has a great future mapped out for him as he's had great news over the weekend that he has been successful in his application to Glasgow School of Art to study Sculpture and Environmental Art course. In just 9 months he's gone from having no portfolio to being offered an unconditional place at one of the country's most prestigious art colleges that has produced many of the nominated artists for arguably the world’s most recognised and prestigious award for contemporary art, the Turner Prize.

In June 2012 Lachlan contacted Portfolio Oomph to help him on the right track to going on to study at art college – the only problem being he hadn't studied art past the age of 15 therefore he didn't meet the minimum entry requirements for most further education colleges that feed the university and art college courses. (more…)

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16 Jun 2012
Portfolio Oomph mentoring
The subject of mentoring has cropped up in conversation a number of times with a number of people in the past week or so. I meet on the last Wednesday of each month with a very good friend Sam Miller to support each other with our new businesses, that of Portfolio Oomph and Sam Miller UK. Working from home on a business or as an artist alone can be quite isolating and as you have no colleagues to bounce ideas around with, you can get rather stuck in a rut from time to time. It’s been really good to get some objective support from someone I trust and value. This being exactly the function of the mentoring service including portfolio advice that Portfolio Oomph offers to students seeking to apply to art college. (more…)
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