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Saturday Art School - Fine Art

Portfolio Preparation

For any budding artist, it's important to have a well presented and varied portfolio to help you take the next step in your creative journey. Especially if the next step is applying to study at undergraduate level. This course, especially developed for artists aged 14–16, will give you the tools to develop your portfolio to succeed in the creative arena.

Course overview

This practical and preparatory course for young artists aged 14–16 years old runs on Saturday mornings and is available to study in our autumn term. Check out the term dates and other course details below.


Saturday 1 October 2022 – 19 November 2022

Duration and times

8 Saturdays 9.30–12.30


Claire Flexen



Class capacity


Course details

This practical course has been specially developed for budding artists aged 14–16 who are at a stage where they wish to prepare their artwork and portfolio for the next exciting step in their creative journey, which may include applying to study art and design subjects at school, college or university – perhaps a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or an Undergraduate degree. Students don’t need to already be applying for creative courses, we just ask that students come with lots of enthusiasm and ideas!

On this course students will be guided to develop their portfolios and gain confidence in displaying and sharing their work. Each week our young artists will learn new skills in portfolio preparation, using a range of equipment and techniques that are vital in the art world and creative industries.

Subjects and skills covered will include drawing, printmaking, photography and illustration, as well as covering fundamentals such as colour and composition and exploring surface and texture.

 We understand how important young creative artists are – they've so much potential, untapped abilities, and enthusiasm. On this course they’ll be supported to fully explore their creative talent and how best to display and share their ideas and completed work.

We encourage our young artists to be themselves, and as such we harness a budding artists’ natural style and flair, therefore enabling them to utilise existing creative interests and acquire new skills in the development of their own unique creative visual language.

It goes without saying, too, that we ensure all our young learners are included, respected, and supported every step of the way on their creative journey with us.

  • Experimental drawing and illustration
  • Printmaking
  • Colour and composition
  • Exploring surface and texture
  • Three-dimensional work
  • Photography
  • Collage and mixed media
  • Creative idea development and a deeper understanding of context
  • Sketchbook work
  • Guidance on portfolio development and presentation
  • Advice on photographing and digitising work
  • Portfolio review and creative arts progression advice

Claire Flexen is a very passionate tutor who's accumulated 21 years of experience in teaching and lecturing at AUB, predominantly supporting and developing students on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Claire recently completed MA Illustration at AUB and is also a practising Textiles and Surface Pattern Designer and Artist – working out of her small studio in Poole. She's a passionate advocate supporting students on their creative journeys and helping to guide them to their chosen specialism.

  • Develop an exciting and innovative portfolio of work in a variety of art and design disciplines
  • Help students identify and develop their own visual language and creativity
  • Enhance our budding artists' creative skillset and knowledge and to help push their imagination further

  • A fully developed, innovative and exciting personal portfolio of work which demonstrates emerging ideas, interests and motivations
  • An improved understanding of the creative process for art and design
  • Improved fundamental art and design skills as well as new skills and techniques
  • Confidence in sharing work with peers and discussing ideas
  • Boosted confidence and creativity!
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Saturday Art School certificate of attendance

Students should be aged between 14-16 years and be prepared to bring lots of energy and enthusiasm!

All course materials are included in the course fee.