Trapped- Art installation by Jackie Partridge

“Trapped” is an art installation from 2016 that I completed during my MFA. In this installation I hand dyed and hand embroidered dishcloths and sewed together as a large quilt. I want the quilt to be seen as an aerial view of farmlands.

Above the quilt drapes a large sewn thread installation -made from white thread. The sewn piece is stitched on a dissolvable surface -that dissolves in water. The sewn structure mimics that shape of my hometown as viewed from a map and inside the shape are rows and rows of a basic symbol of a house shape.

To see more of my artwork- head over to my website http://www.jackiepartridge.com

Kids 4-Week Drawing Course (facial features) in Wellesley

I am running a four week Kids Drawing Class for kids in grade 3 and up at Lucy Pearlle's in Wellesley ON- starting May 1, 2020

I am running a four week Kids Drawing Class for kids in grade 3 and up at Lucy Pearlle’s in Wellesley ON- starting May 1, 2020

The Course will start on May 1 and go for four weeks with no class on Friday May 15 due to the Victoria Day weekend.

In these four weeks we will explore realistic drawing with pencil, fine tip marker and charcoal where students will learn and develop their skills to be able to draw realistic facial features and improve their portrait drawings.

Students will learn:
-shading and sketching techniques
-tips for drawing difficult features
-how to use materials like drawing pencils, charcoal and fine tip markers
-facial proportions to make drawings realistic .. and more

Students will learn techniques and complete small drawing projects to improve how they draw facial features.

Click the link to find more about the workshop and to get registration info:https://www.facebook.com/events/509225779665276/

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See my Exhibition at the O Gallery!

From January 15-March 8, 2020 I have an exhibition at the O Gallery @44 Gaukel in Kitchener, ON Canada.

This exhibition consists of my framed hand dyed and hand embroidered dish cloths that resemble aerial views of farmlands. These works are professionally framed in glass. They are wire mounted and framed in white.

I love the white frames in these works because the dish cloths are so colourful and often have areas of intense vibrancy.

Another element to this exhibition is my handmade abaca paper with embedded sewn thread drawings to mimic the act of farming the day in day out labour of the back and fourth motion. This repetition of farming coincides with the repeated lines. These paper drawings are displayed with clipboards as a field study. The clipboard presentation to me implies a sense of research or note-taking.

Exhibition at the O Gallery by artist Jackie Partridge

Exhibition at the O Gallery in Kitchener by Jackie Partridge

Framed hand dyed dishcloth with hand embroidery by Jackie Partridge

My 7 Tips on Art Portfolio Applications for College and University Students

I have been exhibiting my artwork since 2012. I have received artist grants and awards and I have attended artist residencies. With this experience I have done my share in submitting my portfolio for numerous applications. See my 7 tips for your college/university art portfolio application below!

After receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Lakehead University I also completed teacher’s college. I graduated being able to teach grades 4-12 in Ontario before taking my Master of Fine Arts at Concordia University.

During my time in teacher’s college part of my placement included teaching art to grade 12 students. In the first term I helped students with their portfolios as they were in the midst of applying for university and college arts programs. I volunteered my time to help these students during my lunch break by giving them tips and ways to improve what they had selected to be in their portfolios.

Currently I am working as an art instructor a private boarding school where I am helping international high school students with their portfolio applications in art and architecture programs.

I have outlined 7 tips on art portfolio applications below:

See my 7 tips for your college/university art portfolio applications in this blog post!

 

Tip #1

READ THE REQUIREMENTS -AND FOLLOW THEM

You need to know what they want and usually they tell you specifics!

Every university and college or even programs within the same school have different application requirements when it comes to their portfolios. Some schools are very specific asking for a certain number of pieces, certain media used or certain sizes of work. Some schools want original work, some/most don’t– they want photographs uploaded on programs like SlideRoom.  Some schools even have specific themes like “Make a work that is finished yet unfinished.” This can make the process more difficult and leave students feeling overwhelmed and unsure -often overthinking their decisions and ideas.

 

Tip #2

Show Your Creative Process

Most schools  want to see your process work – they want to see how you think about your art and why you made the choices you did. It is a good idea to explain your artistic decisions in either your descriptions of your artwork or by showing some sketches/tests and rough work as part of your portfolio.

 

Tip #3

Show Your Personality

The purpose of the portfolio is an introduction and a chance for your chosen school to get to know you and see if you would be a good fit there.  You want to show your interests and possibilities you might want to continue to explore while in post-secondary education. You should include materials you like working with and show your artistic style that is unique to you! You can show your personality through the subject matter by making art on things that interest you, that you’re passionate about and make you different from other people.

 

Tip #4

Show Variety

You want the professors reviewing your portfolio to be impressed by your skills and see you as an artist who is versatile. Therefore, it is important to show that you can do more. For example, if you are applying to an illustration program you want to show a mixture of digital and traditional artwork. You want to show that you can work with other mediums like water colour, acrylic, pencil crayon, pencil, ink, pastel… the list goes on and on.

By showing variety you are showing that you aren’t afraid to try new things and experiment with your artwork. It shows that you are open to growing and learning which is the whole point of college and university programs.

 

Tip #5

Show Program Specific Techniques 

If you are applying to specific programs like architecture or illustration you want to think about possible projects that might be studied in those programs. Once you have thought of those ideas you could try to include relevant pieces in your portfolio.

Take architecture for example:

-They create designs digitally and traditionally

-They make models

-They draw with perspective

These are just some of the qualities professors hope to see in your portfolio application.

If you are applying to a non-specific program like a Bachelor of Fine Arts for example- then again you want to show variety with materials but also what you are making include some drawing, some painting and some sculpture work in your portfolio. You need to show your range, talents and abilities. If you only submit drawings in pencil that’s all the review committee thinks you are capable of doing.

 

Tip #6

Details are Important 

You need to remember that review panels are looking at portfolio after portfolio for hours on end. You need to stand out and be memorable. Make sure you consider details to set you apart.

Edit your photos, think about your layout, come up with clever titles for your work. All these details are important.

 

Tip #7

Show Your Thinking, Your Writing and Research

Usually you will be asked to submit written descriptions about your work- make sure they are detailed and informative.

List your inspiration- if you did a drawing based off a building or place -state that research. You want to show your intelligence and critical thinking abilities in these descriptions.

Make sure you edit your writing, stick to the word count and choose a consistent and legible font.

Take time to plan your written descriptions and do not leave them to the last minute!

 

 

If you need more help with your portfolio- click the link below and book your calls by emailing me at jackiepartridgeart@gmail.com

Portfolio Planning Package

 

Good luck in your applications and all the best in your future!

 

 

Fields Exhibition at The O Gallery

I am excited to announce that I am a part of a group of two other artists showing exhibitions at the O Gallery on 44 Gaukel St. in Kitchener, ON, Canada.

I will be showing work I have curated for a theme of Fields. This work includes past work of my hand dyed, hand embroidered dish cloths that are beautifully framed and work of my sewn thread line drawings embedded in abaca sheets of handmade paper.

Fields is an abstract representation of aerial views of farmlands. I have grown up close to farming and fields and have visually seen the landscape change over time and become more developed.

The exhibition is on view from January 15-March 6, 2020!

Let me know what you think of the show if you are local and able to see it in the comments!

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Trace and Retrace -MFA Exhibiton

I would love to invite you to the closing reception of my MFA graduating exhibition on Friday, February 2, 6-8pm.

Visual Arts Building | VA-102
Sir George Williams Campus
1395 Boul. René Levesque W.

***The gallery will also be open Wednesday January 31 (12-6pm), Thursday February 1 (12-6pm) and Saturday February 3 (12pm-6pm).

click here for more info