Intensive portfolio course
/mini portfolio course
Julie's portfolio courses are well known for their intensity, the work ethic, the long hours, but most importantly, the incredible work produced by her students by the end of it. Julie has high expectations, and begins by teaching students how to draw better than ever before, to try new media, project development, sketch book working, how to think creatively, to dare themselves, to work HARD, to achieve. This is a great way for students to get the feel of art college, and if they love this course, they'll know they'll love college. Suitable for students applying for any creative discipline, including Architecture.
What makes this course different to all the rest?
The answer is T.L.C., drive, motivation and energy. Students will be inspired and shown their own personal way forward.
The class has no more than 12 so that each student receives individual attention to bring out their personal best, which will be miles above their previous achievements. Individual instruction, personal encouragement and confidence building as well as making sure every student truly understands what is expected from them and how they can achieve it. Everyone has an individual tutorial towards the end of the course to assess work done and ensure they know where they are going next.
Students are introduced to the important art of time management, to address their weaknesses and discover their strengths.
The course has been designed to meet the criteria for all creative portfolio requirements including those of NCAD, LIT, CIT, (as well as UL and Queen's for architecture) to take the worry and uncertainty away from students who are often confused by what is required in their portfolio.
They study observational drawing and project development, are introduced to different media including water colours, and look at work by a range of artists past and present. They learn how to be inspired by ordinary things and try to broaden their minds.
Students are encouraged to interact with the group to help stimulate their minds and bounce ideas off each other. And while most of the time is spent in the studio, one of the items on their equipment list is a pair of wellies, so we can have a tramp through the fields (sketch book in hand, of course) for a bit of fresh air now and then!
For the residential courses in East Clare, the accommodation is across the road from the studio, in lovely Rent-an-Irish-Cottage houses. This is a safe, comfortable environment. Friendships are made, and students really enjoy their first experience of full-time art with like-minded people.
This is a close-knit, intimate, fully supervised and intense course (students may be in the studio up to 12 hours a day!) which will change students attitude, understanding and work ethic for ever and improve their drawing beyond recognition, bridging the gap between school and college.
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