Portfolio Building 18+
You will receive personal teaching from highly experienced staff who have a broad approach to teaching. The aim of the course is to encourage students to develop an approach to constructing a body of work that will extend their thinking and practice, enabling them to apply for further education courses with confidence...
Taught by: Grace Adam, John Crossley.
You will receive personal teaching from highly experienced staff who have a broad approach to teaching. The aim of the course is to encourage students to develop an approach to constructing a body of work that will extend their thinking and practice, enabling them to apply for further education courses with confidence. You'll develop a body of work from research, including sketchbook, offsite and studio-based work. Your tutor will give you advice on how to present your portfolio as well as on interview techniques, and your personal statement and references. These are all important components of your application to full-time courses and beyond.
You'll produce substantial work that will enhance your portfolio and be able to talk about your work with confidence. You'll have improved your technical skills in a variety of areas. And you'll be able to generate ideas for new work and new ways of working. All these elements will enable you to gain momentum for your next step.
Who Should Attend
Anyone interested in applying to a foundation or BA course or adding to a portfolio. This course enables students with a range of abilities to construct appropriate work to form part of a portfolio for their next step into Further and Higher Education. Or you could use it constructing a professional portfolio for personal use.
Grace Adam is a practicing artist and Lecturer. She holds a PGCE and currently teaches at the Tate, The National Portrait Gallery, The University of the Arts London and regularly does Residencies in schools, colleges and galleries.
She trained as a painter and did her MA in Sculpture and Installation at Chelsea College of Arts, and was Fellow there for a year. She keeps a studio and makes work for exhibition here and abroad.
John Crossley lives and works in London and has exhibited widely across the U.K and Internationally. He has worked in both public and private collections around the world and has curated exhibitions in galleries including the ICA, Ikon, Camden Arts Centre, Curwen, APT and Grace Teshima gallery in Paris. John is actively involved in exhibiting and curating, having previously worked as the Gallery Manager at The Camden Arts Centre.
In his own work, John’s affinity for colour has underpinned his continuous practice of painting, following in the wake of his early interest in sculpture. Through his use of colour and form, John has evolved an approach that utilises the exquisite sensitivity of our responses to nuances of change, in order to communicate with us. John has over 30 years teaching experience from foundation to post graduate level.
Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:
A3 sketch book (cartridge paper)
2 x Willow Charcoal (medium sized sticks)
2 x compressed charcoal sticks
30cm plastic ruler
The following materials will be needed on subsequent days:
Selection of paint (gouache / poster colour / acrylics - whichever you have)
Pastels (dry or oil)
Selection of brushes
Household paint brush (1/4" in size)
Scissors or a craft knife
4 - 5 jam jars or old tins
Digital camera to document work, a camera phone will be fine.
Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact them directly for opening hours and availability.