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ATTENTION THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT THATS WHY ITS IN CAPS DUH XD.... I WILL BE GETTING A SKETCH TAB THIS FRIDAY IF YOU HAVE ANY REQESTS POST THEM IN THE COMMENTS LIKE RIGHT NOW ONE AT A TIME PLEASE I WILL BE DRAWING ON THERE TILL FURTHER NOTICE...

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Bored and anew.. Talk to me my students
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Color pencils is life
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Engaging and trusting in the creative process.

How easy do you find it not to be sure about something you do?

We've had another REALLY inspiring mentoring session this afternoon with a student who's exploring portraiture in the widest sense. The journey that is being undertaken is huge and it's so good to see when a student is trusting in the creative process. This really energizes ME and that should be how YOU feel when you're really into your work!

These 3 themes below, that are intrinsic to creativity, are coming up each and every week, in varying amounts. It's quite uncomfortable to be working in these realms but essential to get the most from your creative self.

When we are being creative and learning more about developing our creativity, we are learning many skills that you would be very surprised about – and how valuable they are in the employment world.

EXPLORING AND INVESTIGATING – How willing are you to try out new and different techniques?

TOLERATING UNCERTAINTY – How easy do you find it not to be sure about something you do?

STICKING WITH DIFFICULTY – How well do you stick at something when you are finding it difficult?

The degree shows have inspired this student heaps – so if you missed them this year, be sure to get to see them next year. Some of the Masters Degree Shows happen towards the end of the summer at some of the Colleges, so keep your eyes open for these too, as they are just as useful.

These themes are also the crux of how you'll be exploring ideas in our PLAN CREATE SUCCEED, our Online Mentoring Programme. Find out more today or drop us an email if you've any questions.

One artist to look at today – Marc Quinn.

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Pleased to announce the opening of our new US resource shop. All resources tailored to the US education system. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/starteducationusa

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So I need an artist who can do that like Trunks vs Black digitally but replace Trunks with Ryuko with her Scissor Blade and replace Black with my Character without the TP symbol
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Hi and welcome to my new lesson “How to depicture a Skull/ Upside down drawing/ with a luxury Montegrappa Nerouno ballpoint pen“.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGFKHgBnYHE

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I know alot of people here draw people but constructive criticism and maybe some tips for drawing with Firealpaca would be really helpful
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Sketchbooks a go-go!!

Goodness, we've not written a blog post for some 2 months!! What's happened? Well, other than being inundated with mentoring students we've been out on the road doing some workshops with teachers and pupils at school across Scotland, that's what happened.

Our passion here at Portfolio Oomph is generating ideas, how do you generate good ideas? And as this is the crux of your art college portfolio then it's pretty important. When the art colleges talk about wanting to see a portfolio that is individual then this is where your ideas need to shine. How do you see the world? What observations do you have and how do you process this information?

Your ideas are the main way for the Colleges to assess your potential, not your technical ability to use a pencil or any other tool for that matter – they can teach you that.

The best way to start encouraging your ideas to flow is just to get started, experimenting, exploring and what better way than mark making?

I myself, someone who graduated some 22 years ago (OMG!) still needs to remember that we can get complacent about materials and that we need to push them to their limits, explore what they're really capable of to get the most from them. So our 2 Sketchbook workshops last week in Dumfriesshire, one in Castle Douglas High School and the other at the Gracefield Arts Centre, were a great starting point for students to really start taking a few risks and doing something that they'd not previously done before.

We introduced them to some great new artists that hopefully challenged them. We also worked with some really experimental drawing exercises that pushed the students outside of their comfort zone in a bid to encourage discovery and failure to a degree. Failure is important in this day and age as I believe the school system in the UK doesn't leave much room for this. Actually it should be celebrated as it's such an important learning experience and the creative process.

I found it interesting that one student commented on the day that it was an easy day because all I'd asked them to do was to do some really bad drawing. Hmmm, not really what I'd asked them to do. However, this demonstrates very well how people's perception of what good art is – if it is representational, of a likeness to its object/subject and 'well drawn'. We had discussed in the workshop that drawing is your response to the world, not necessarily an exact replica of the world. Even opening up this can of worms for discussion was really useful in the development of an art student in preparing them for the transition from school to art college.

If you want to read more on the benefits of failure, our guest blog for Innovate my School Giving Pupils Permission to Fail would be beneficial.

We'll leave you with some photos from the workshops. Also with a huge thanks to the funders who enabled this event to happen in assisting the young people in this important aspect of their creative education – South West Scotland Decorative and Fine Arts Society and the Archie Sutter Watt Trust.

If you'd like to experience our workshop but aren't close by then why not download our eCourse 'Sketchbook Development' and study it in your own time? https://www.portfolio-oomph.com/ebooks/art-sketchbook-ideas/

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