Art Personal Statement
From an early age I have always had a strong interest in art, and have been involved with it in some form all through my life. In year nine I realised that it was something that I might like to pursue as a career, I started taking it more seriously. The Chase's art department encouraged me very well and helped me develop my art skills
I am currently studying Art at A-level and have had my work exhibited in a gallery and in local industry buildings as part of the 'Art in the Workplace' scheme which is organised by my college. The piece of my artwork which was displayed, and used in a business's workplace was a painting inspired by an Art Department trip to Italy. In my spare time, I enjoy running my own comedy website with my friends, which has enabled me to learn good organisational skills. Aside from art, I enjoy playing basketball with other students from my college every Wednesday afternoon. I have found this to be a welcome break from normal study, allowing me to exercise at the same time as relieving stress
My present interest in art is more graphic/typography based, although I do enjoy all areas of art. I have been designing graphics on my computers from a young age and have work published in national magazines. Not all the graphical work I do is computer based, I enjoy using traditional mediums in a clean graphical way, as I find it more satisfying working on a larger scale and producing something more"real". My current course has helped me "branch out" more; I have experimented in many disciplines successfully producing paintings, pastels and drawings, which I had never really developed fully before
I have had two part-time jobs involving computer related work, in which I have been able to bring art influences into. When working for Retail Futures, an e-commerce company based in Malvern, I designed their corporate image, and websites for clients such as Coalport and Parcel Force. More recently I have taken another job with a more technical slant, for another e-commerce firm, eplexus. I still do design work, in which I have designed websites and images for"Highwaycode.com", and Anglo Digital a successful venture capitalist firm. Alongside my practical experience, I am also studying Computing at my current college, which aids me to learn the fundamentals of computer usage and programming, an area that I am interested in
Whilst in the lower sixth, I was asked to help with an activity arranged by Shell Oil which was aimed at capturing the interest of pupils around the age of ten and eleven by involving them in scientific activities. Throughout the day I acted as a teacher for year six pupils from various junior schools. Working in a group, we had to demonstrate the building of a 'balloon boat' and then supervise the children whilst they attempted to build their own. This helped me to use my communication skills in explaining the theory behind building the boat to young people who had possibly not yet encountered that stage or type of science
Throughout my time at both school and college, I have been involved in a number of activities, and have also made an effort to maintain a good balance between this and my academic work. Being involved in and having the ability to give something back to my college has always been important to me, and it is something that I am keen to continue at College. My passion is art and I look forward to further developing my ability at foundation and degree level.
Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018
Sample Art and Design Personal Statement
I have always been fascinated by the effect that visual stimuli can have on our thoughts, our emotions, and our understanding of the world around us. From complex, ornate artistry to the seemingly simple arrangements of colour and shape that underpin the work of abstract impressionists, like Mark Rothko or Jackson Pollock, human beings have always sought to represent our lives in visual terms. As I have refined my own interests through study, I have built upon my previous experience to improve both my intellectual understanding of the visual and my practice as an artist.
I proved to be a strong, all-round student throughout schooling including securing an excellent performance in my preliminary studies of Fine Art. I also found a flair for the English language, gaining a final grade of 5 (Very Good). This aptitude, combined with the esteemed reputation of many of Britain’s art schools and the vibrant and thriving culture of the arts present in London inspired me to move to the UK for my undergraduate studies. While I am aware that studying outside of my home country offers unique challenges I am confident that I have done all I can to overcome these; including undertaking GCSEs in English and Maths in order to familiarise myself with both the language and the UK education system.
I have also continued to pursue my interests in Fine Art, undertaking an NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Fine Art and Foundation Degree course. I have got so much out of these studies that it is almost impossible to outline the way in which they have helped me to develop as an artist and as a person. Involving a great deal of group work, I am happy to say that I have gained the interpersonal skills to collaborate with others and to provide, and receive, instructive criticism on work. Taking my own work seriously has really allowed both my practical technique and conceptual abilities to develop in a supportive intellectual environment. These studies have also built on my existing interest in the range and breadth of the art world, taking in painting, drawing and sculpting, and fostering a love for numerous artists; such as Naum Gabo, Hazel Brook and Richard Long, all of whom work in various media and with various frameworks.
Having also worked as an Art Decorator and Sales Assistant at an art shop in Bulgaria, I have gained an introduction to the commercial realities of the art world. Working selling art materials, framing pictures and setting up exhibitions for the gallery introduced me to the complexities of selling art products and the connection between pure creativity and creating within a market. While the work that I have found in the UK as a Catering Assistant, is unfortunately unrelated to the art world, it does draw upon the transferable skills I gained through this role; namely teamwork, time management and creating good relationships with clients and colleagues.
Art is a passion for me that structures much of my free time. In addition to reading around the subject, creating work and visiting galleries I have also tried my hand at a number of competitions, including the Royal Summer Exhibition and ‘Inspired by the V&A’. These have been useful exercises in working within a strict timescale and to a specific brief which will help me throughout my academic studies.
My ever-present passion and dedication to the visual arts has grown with my studies, inspiring me to learn as much as possible about my chosen field and to pursue a career that reflects this interest, whether as an artist or through developing my previous experience in curating or working in the art world in some other capacity. By building on my studies through a degree in Fine Art at a highly prestigious institution, I look forward to growing my skills, knowledge and experience in the hope of making this goal a reality.
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