Open Studio — Portfolio Preparation Course,
Creative Practices 2020–2021

We Lost You For A Moment There

It gives us great pleasure to share the work of this year’s students who have studied with us on our Portfolio Preparation Course – Creative Practices. All have shown a prodigious amount of dedication to their studies during very challenging times and have embraced working online with us, establishing remote working spaces, with continued enthusiasm and commitment. They have all been remarkably abundant in their making and created portfolios of work that are diverse and engrossing; whilst supporting each other in their learning, being extraordinarily good natured and kind throughout.

Our primary focus is the creation of a unique and distinctive fine art, design or architecture portfolios of work, for both ‘Digital ‘and ‘Full’ Portfolio submissions for Further and Higher Education Courses and other directions. Students studying on the Portfolio Preparation Course work in a Studio Environment this year online, within which every student is supported in developing their creative skills, through the application of a wide-range of imaginative, technical and practical processes. The diverse online studio-based learning and teaching activities, have been and are designed to assist students in simultaneously developing experimental and innovative work as well as acquiring a strong work ethic.

This year being online has given the students this opportunity to showcase their work via the GSA Website at the end of their studies, self-selecting and curating their own work and promotional material, providing a professional experience where the emphasis is on learning and thinking through doing, and the site will be available for the public to view for a year.

The majority of our students go on to study Undergraduate Degrees, plus some Postgraduate Degrees in either Fine Art, Design or Architecture, at institutions across Scotland, the UK and Europe. Other trajectories include being self-employed, running their own creative businesses and undertaking internships.

This year’s students are all currently being invited for interviews and receiving offers, considering other and all their options and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for choosing to study with us and we wish them all the very best for their futures.

Deborah Holland + Joanie Jack

Joint Course Leaders

Portfolio Preparation Course – Creative Practices
Open Studio

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Bianca Patania

Bottles in metamorphosis

Modified bottles conditioned by heat. Acrylic and ink on A3 paper.

Distorted and intertwined seeing moving figures

Acrylic, ink on A3; Acrylic, charcoal on A5 paper.


Material display of plastic forms, akin to human organs, aquatic forms. Acrylic, ink on A3.


Creative process – rendering in various ways.

The short sulfur cycle

Acrylic and ink on A3, A4 and A5 paper.

Spaces that shape the material and define the form

Environment photographs, sculpture forms.

Instinctive imprints on paper

Paintings supersized – environments idea. Ink on A3.

Research for a geometric point as a link between silence and words for immersive painting rooms

Linear dimensional compositions

Ink on A4 paper.


Circular paintings inspired by Dadaist movement created with handmade mark-making tools.


Self portraits, in tin foil, sculpting, drawing, photographically and body parts.


At the beginning of my research, looking for mark-making tools.

Figurative study in positive and negative

Printmaking on paper, self portraits, ink on A3 paper.

Fragments returned to me by my/the sea

Ink and watercolour and fineliner pen on A3 paper.

Colour studies of primordial natural structures

Acrylic and gouache on A2 paper.


Acrylic, watercolour, charcoal on A3 and A4 paper.

Expressing - free from any constraint.

The body in motion and doing, life drawings.

The Kiss

Life drawing, watercolour and ink on A3 paper.

Silence, fragility, gentleness

Life drawing, watercolour and ink on A3 paper.

Impression of reality

Self portraits. Ink on A4 paper.