Portfolio Review Journal 2011

***Disclaimer: The portfolio shown below was taken to Winthrop's portfolio review day and National Portfolio day!

Winthrop preview!
So this is a very informal way of documenting my current portfolio. All of these pieces are taking a journey with me this Saturday to Winthrop for their portfolio review day. My current thoughts on the event are rather nerve wreaking. I am nervous not because of the criticism I know I will be receiving, but more of the fact that my art work is being seen. By people. I feel like the pieces that I have included are of different mediums and ideas that will hopefully show my attempt in experimenting and progress to find my own forte. Even though I have found my concentration, I feel like I don't have enough pieces to represent it yet. So I guess I am going to consider this review as "in progress." I will take what they have to say and apply it to my work. It's funny that other students who are attending as well are probably shooting for a scholarship, and I only want to know if my stuff is alright or not. Bring it on real world!

I can not find my Ambient print at the moment...I believe it might still be in the classroom... I need to obtain my portrait image transfer and my giraffe sketch. I am also bringing along with me the student handbook and crossing my fingers nothing tragic happens to my assemblage piece.

I'll be back to document how it went!


One of the best days of my art life.

I never had the time to come back and give an in depth review on how it went. Basically it was a review, but more of a discussion. I got really great feedback (after asking for it?) and should find out...sometime tomorrow or really soon on if they offer me some sort of scholarship money. Oh Winthrop!

Well Winthrop has offered me their Dean Meritorious Scholarship of $500 for 2012-2013 school year. So I guess it did go as well as I thought. I'm really proud of myself for pushing me to go and keeping an open mentality through it all. I am so thankful to be an artist.

National Portfolio Day review

Well I don't think I have ever talked about my art for so long before. It honestly has given me a headache from the hours talking and standing and being excited for all the people I was talking too! Well I got there and walked in, registered. I waited in a line for a bit and then they let us all in. Basically it was a big room and there was tables set up all around and at them were specific schools and their admissions personnel. I learned that only schools who are NASAD accredited (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) are involved in National Portfolio day. So basically the quality were represented!

My approach once again was to get feed back on my portfolio, many people seem to be there with the goal to impress. Honestly I didn't even know that their were going to literally be colleges represented. Anyways I went to all the tables and spoke with the people who had the shortest or no line at all. I did not enjoy waiting in lines today so, I didn't!

I believe in all I spoke with 5 different people and I have come back with multiple ideas on possible pieces and a couple of main points.
1)I need to draw.
2) Technique/subject matter. Find common ground
3)Smaller may be better (for my medium of college)

So to elaborate some more on these points, basically they enjoyed the fact that I brought pieces in different mediums but also in my concentration. Many said it showed my enthusiasm to take risk and experiment. Within my concentration they liked that I brought pieces that show progress. As one person said one thing about a certain piece the next one said something completely different. And some comments were all the same. (Listed above!)

I also have the want to go back and do mini pieces that mock past pieces and do other pieces that elaborate or continue on another one as well. I am not sure how I feel about that though for the sake of my portfolio. I want variety but I also need to show progress. I really just need to draw.

I spoke in depth with the representative from New Hampshire Institute of Art and she gave me some amazing advice and basically mini drawing lesson. She told me that in her class room she follows the three L's Large Loose and Light when drawing. Gave me specific pointers on that when I do a study of a drawing to look at in head on and to give myself my entire arm for movement not laying it down and only having the motion in my wrist. She even told me to use newsprint (that I have!) and a grease pencil so I won't feel as if I am wasting material or the need to make things perfect.

I want to do this, I need to do this, I am going to do this. Weather I like it or not. Also, I need to time myself...it helps.

I have many ideas and I am confident that whatever I come up with within the next 5 months should be, interesting!