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Portfolio Building 18+

Portfolio Building 18+

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Seán Myers, Theokritos Papadopoulos


Portfolio Building for over 18’s will encourage you to develop an approach to constructing a body of art work that will extend your thinking and practice, enabling you to apply for further education courses with confidence.

You'll develop a body of artwork, which can be used towards a portfolio for art college application using skills and techniques in research, sketchbook development, offsite visits and studio-based work.

Your tutor will give you advice on how to present your portfolio as well as on interview techniques, your personal statement and references required. These are all important components of your university application to full-time courses and beyond.

Topics covered

  • Research methods
  • Gathering and extending research
  • Use of sketch books
  • Idea development
  • Off-site research 
  • Visit to Tate Britain
  • Explore and experiment with the process of making

Course outcomes
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.

Who should attend
Anyone interested in applying to a foundation or BA course or adding to a portfolio. This portfolio preparation 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. 


Courses are typically taught by one or more of the tutors listed below.

Tutor Description

Seán Myers works with Foundation, BA and MA students at Central Saint Martins. He is an artist and lecturer and also runs a silkscreen printing studio in North London. 

To see images of previous student work, view the galleries on Seán's website

To learn more about Seán, read his interview on the CSM Short Courses blog

Kriton Papadopoulos is an artist and he also completed his PhD at Central Saint Martins looking at the development of the Avant-garde. He has organized various community art projects in collaboration with Kids Company, the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Academy. He has had solo exhibitions both in UK and Europe, including the Tate Modern and Serpentine Gallery. He also exhibits his work with aaart gallery, Athens. Kriton has been an Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts London since 2003.

View Kriton's work on the ArtSlant website


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

  • Masking tape

  • Scissors

  • 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

  • Glue Stick

  • 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 the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates