Tag Archives: research

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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14 Aug 2013
UCAS clearing
UCAS clearing for art college

It's that time of year when A level and higher results are in and the UCAS clearing system fires up to get you placed at a college that is right for you – hopefully.

I went through UCAS clearing some 23 years ago (in fact it was ADAR then – Art and Design Admissions Registry) so I know all too well what you're going through.

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19 Apr 2013
art portfolio tips
Portfolio development tips

Portfolio development tips!

Here at Portfolio Oomph we are totally committed to helping you with your portfolio and all our products are shown below. We also show how our products work together to making applying to art college as straightforward and painless as possible!

We've spent a lot of time researching what help there is currently out there online for potential art students like yourselves. We've done searches for 'portfolio development tips', 'art college portfolio', 'interview advice for art college' and many, many other scenarios. I think the answer is clear; not much. That is why we have developed Portfolio Oomph.

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8 Apr 2013
library research
Library research resources

I've been a little bit side tracked of late with events in our village which is slightly off the point of Portfolio Oomph but the more I think about it, the more I believe it's all related – library research.

We have a great little library in the village that we frequent each week with our daughter, sometimes twice weekly for her to exchange her books, chat to the librarians and meet up with other little people who she goes to nursery with. She really loves the library and now they have a coffee making machine that has hot chocolate it really is her favourite place!!

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6 Mar 2013
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New work – digital art

Since my visit down to London last week to see Rain Room at the Barbican, I have been inspired to get some digital art work finished that I've been working on (very part-time) for some time now. Setting up Portfolio Oomph has been a lot of work to get it to the stage that it's at just now and there is still a long way to go. During this time and for a long time before this due to having a family, there hasn't been much creative work that I've been happy with being produced. But this body of work that I am showing here below gives you an insight into where I am just now with my own ideas, creativity and concerns. (more…)

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1 Mar 2013
Random International Rain Room - Barbican Centre
Random International – Rain Room

I am so pleased to have seen this installation art piece earlier this week – Random International – Rain Room at the Barbican Centre in London. The video footage from the installation art in the interview at the bottom of this post is just stunning and I was a little disappointed to have missed the last dance performance of the exhibition that day before I was due to go down. I've been enjoying contemporary dance for years now and haven't really been to see any since our daughter was born nearly 5 years ago, so this was a shame.

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20 Feb 2013
Tree of life - Terrance Malick
Terrence Malick’s ‘Tree of Life’ film

I've been very inspired by film and video art in its various guises recently.

One being Terrence Malick's 'Tree of Life' film with fascinating creative cinematography. Quite a tragic story involving the death of a young boy and his parent's coming to terms with it. It tracks the relationship of the boy with his parents through childhood. Visually stunning this film is creatively filmed, edited and the sound is superb.

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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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