"This course is the only reason I'll have a shot at NCAD" - Niamh MacKenna

The Work

Work produced by students on our courses is of the highest calibre; inspired by, and tailored specifically to the brief of the college that they are applying to.


Students are encouraged to create imagery using unconventional mediums

Students are encouraged to create imagery using...

A student’s stylistic interpretation of the weaving process

A student’s stylistic interpretation of...

Students sketchbooks


Student drawing of a section of a loom at our handweavers emporium

Student drawing of a section of a loom at our...

Students produce their best work ever on our course!

Students produce their best work ever on our...

About Us

Creativity Sets us Apart!


Portfolio Courses run for 4 and 5 days, though students may attend on a daily basis if they wish to simply ‘top-up’ their existing portfolio. The studio is a large, bright and warm room so students will be encouraged to work long days and evenings (fully supervised) to complete the work. This intensive portfolio course gives the student a brief glimpse into what will be expected of them at college level, so if they don’t ‘cut the mustard’ here or have second thoughts about their career – then art college isn’t for them! Better to find out now than to commit to a year-long course.


I teach drawing and painting and have worked as an illustrator in London and have advised students and professional artists on portfolio preparation, presentation and professional practice. Regarding putting a portfolio together it depends on what area of art interests you – no point attending a year-long mix media portfolio course that covers animation, photography, sculpture, etc. when you just want to study fashion. All art colleges (even architectural) require good drawing skills that show you have a basic grasp of observational drawing, composition, colour and bags of ideas. This course will encompass all of these things.


Mark trained at Camberwell School of Art in London. After attaining his BA in Art & Design he worked as an illustrator, and portfolio consultant for The Association of Illustrators before setting up his own Illustration Agency in London. His main occupation was preparing artists portfolios for presentation and advising on the make up and content of the work. He now lives and works as an artist teaching in County Clare. He specialises in pastels, painting landscapes, animals and still life. His work was judged and exhibited at The Pastel Society Annual Show at The Mall Galleries, London 2008 and at The Russell Gallery’s recent show ‘The Horse Collection’ and Kennys Gallery, Galway. He sells his work through Adam’s, Dublin and Dolans’, Galway. He has won major prizes at The Burren Landscape Painting Competition 2007, 2008 and 2009. His work has sold privately to Irish, UK and to private collectors in the US through dealers in the UK.










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