What should be in an art school application portfolio? How do you present a portfolio? What gives you the best chance of being accepted by the art school of your dreams? This article explains how to make an art portfolio for college or university and is packed with tips from leading art and design school admissions staff from around the world.
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100+ Creative photography ideas: techniques, compositions and mixed media approaches. This is our most comprehensive photography resource.
Creative sketchbook examples to inspire Art students. This is part of our popular sketchbook series and the inspiration for our upcoming sketchbook publication.
Line Drawing: a guide for Art students. One of our first comprehensive teaching resources, this article is referenced by many high school Art departments.
One point perspective drawing: The ultimate guide. This article is packed with free printable teaching resources and is used by many high school Art departments. It is only a few months old, but is already third most visited article on our website.
150+ Art careers – the ultimate list. Illustrating the wide range of art-related occupations that are available, this article contains a careers poster and quotes from people in different creative industries.
50+ Still life drawing ideas. This article provides drawing ideas for teachers and students and is packed with student and artist examples.
How to make an art portfolio for college or university. One of the longest articles on this website, at 9,000 words, this guide is packed with advice from leading art and design schools around the world.
50+ awesome Art competitions for high school students. This is a new but very popular article!
If you are new to this website, you may wish to start with the articles below:
Why Art students should have their own website (and how to make one). This article describes how to make a website (like the Student Art Guide) and explains why having your own website is essential for anyone who wishes to have a creative career.
How to create an excellent observational drawing: 11 tips for high school Art students. This is an important article for those who are required to produce realistic drawings as part of a high school Art course.
Awesome Art project ideas: a guide to subject matter selection. Many students who stumble upon the Student Art Guide do so while looking for great ideas for their high school Art projects. This article outlines how to come up with creative ideas and how to work out which ideas are worth pursuing.
How to develop your ideas. This is a guide to development in a visual art project – an area where many students are unsure.
How to make your Art project exciting: Inventive use of media for Painting students. This is a series of articles aimed at introducing students to a range of exciting drawing surfaces, mediums and mixed media techniques.
How to paint and draw faster: 15 tips for high school Art students. Struggling to keep up with the workload is a common issue for many Art students – especially those who work with a detailed, realistic technique. This article explains how to work faster, without compromising the quality of your work.
Our most recent articles are listed below:
Starting a new unit of work can be a daunting prospect for even the most confident of high school Art students. This article helps you ensure that your work is original, innovative and individual.
This article features 23 creative mind map examples and other visual brainstorming illustrations to inspire high school Art students.
This article has everything an Art student needs to know about one point perspective: step-by-step tutorials, lesson plans, videos and free downloadable worksheets.
Certain beliefs, behaviours and approaches hinder your performance in a high school Art classroom. This article outlines 9 warning signals that you may be about to underachieve.