Portfolio Building 18+
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.
- 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
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.
Harriet Hedden was born and raised in Devon and Sussex. She studied painting at Norwich School of Art, and following a year as an Artist in residence in Bedford, went for two years to Freiburg, Germany as a guest of Prof. Peter Dreher, at the Staatliche Akademie für Bildenen Kunst (Karlsruhe). She was appointed a part time tutor at the Albert Ludwig Üniversitat in Freiburg during this period where she taught classes in Fine Art.
On her return to London she won an AHRB scholarship to study at the Slade School of Fine Art where she completed her MA in Fine Art (Printmaking) in 1997. She was invited to participate in leading masterclasses with Prof. Bartolemeu dos Santos at the Fundaçao Calouste Gubelkian Tavira Printmaking workshop twice in the following years, as well as a residency in Florence at Studio Art Centres International teaching BA and MA students.
She has continued to teach, raising her family as well as continuing her practice as an artist. She currently teaches at Chelsea College of Arts in London and has exhibited widely in the UK and in Europe.
Sean 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.
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 the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.