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Flowers and Lemons
« on: December 20, 2007 10:39:09 AM »

Hi everybody,
I'm not quite sure where I should post this. I just wanted to share it. (I'm sorry if I do it wrong..)
I've just got a message from the art school in Zwolle where I really want to study next year. I have to go there for the selection-day 5 february. I'm so excited!!
And I'm nervous allready!
Does anyone have tips for me? I would really appreciate it if you would take a look at my work and say what you think about it. Some of it is on my website here; http://www.do.exto.nl.

Thanks! Grin

« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2008 08:57:44 PM »

I didn't look at your portfolio (no offense). I did want to post for a few reasons Smiley

Hey! You got an audition to art school! That's great! That means you clearly are doing something right Smiley

Treat it like a job interview, not a visit with friends, no matter how casual they look or act. Trust me on that. Yes, the want people with talent, but they also want people who are willing to learn, who will work hard, who will reflect well on the school when they graduate off into whatever field they embark upon, etc.

I don't know how you dress, and art schools do tend toward more Bohemian or outlandish garb as the norm, but this isn't the best thing to wear on interview day. I wouldn't say suit & tie, but less is more in a situation when you are trying to make a good impression on others Smiley Be yourself in the more-conservative-but-still-you version. I'd also say dress in layers- some places literally turn up the heat or try to freeze you out (puns intended) just to put pressure on the interviewees.

If you are bringing a physical portfolio (it may all be DVD's by now- I'm old) have someone who knows nothing about art flip through it. Anything that could slide, fall out, get wrinkled, etc. should happen then, giving you time to clean up & secure it all before interview day.

Good luck!
Flowers and Lemons
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2008 01:16:01 PM »

Thank you for your suggestions. I will keep my clothing a bit casual, since we have to do two assignments there as well (don't want my new clothes covered in paint). I don't have dvd's, and I hope to keep it that way. I like to have something you can actually touch. I've had several people and teachers to look at my portfolio, and they gave me feedback on what to take with me to art school and what to keep home. I'm really nervous and I should go to sleep now. (They were really positive about my work, so I shouldn't worry. But I still do..)
Thanks again for your tips. I'll keep them in mind.  Smiley  Kiss

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