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If you want to study art at college or university, building a strong art portfolio is essential in showcasing your work.
In order to make your final portfolio presentation stand out from the rest, the Art Portfolio Building classes will teach you the skills in achieving your goals and adhering to the guidelines and requirements of each school to which you submit your application.
Preparing a portfolio for college or university admissions can be time consuming. It would be advisable to give yourself enough time so you may create the best possible portfolio for the review committee(s).
I had very little experience in art before I took my lessons with Sheri. Now, a year later, I am able to create art pieces for my portfolio that are much better than what I had hoped for. Sheri is always very optimistic and likes to give her students a good challenge. She is a great teacher, and I had fun learning from her.
Sheri has been an unbelievable art teacher who I had the privilege to be taught by. I am a grade 12 student who needed to submit a portfolio to a very competitive fashion communications program. Though I had never had any training in art, I was thrilled to see how far I could go with the proper coaching. Her extreme dedication to her students is evident and I have benefited greatly in result. Considering the short amount of time that I had left until the submission date of my portfolio, is it truly amazing what I was able to complete with Sheri's help during this time. Thanks to Sheri I have accomplished so much more than I ever dreamt I could and I`m on my way to the program of my dreams at Ryerson University. I cannot thank Sheri enough for everything she has done for my art skills and it is something that I can take with me throughout my road to success.
One time my spouse had the opportunity to work with Sheri on a project and he was impressed by Sheri's talent and he asked her if Olivia could attend some art classes under her tutelage. The first piece that Olivia painted blew my mind...that a 15 year old could paint this way. Subsequently to this painting, my daughter, Olivia has not only painted some amazing pieces but she is learning so much from Sheri.
Sheri has done some wonderful things with Olivia. Besides Olivia's talent showcasing under Sheri's excellent tutelage, Olivia is starting to bring depth into the subject she is painting. Olivia is becoming secure and a force to recon with when it comes to critiquing the piece she is painting. Based on what I am seeing I hope that Sheri continues to have Olivia as a student and take her even higher on her skill level such that Olivia starts to create on her own volition.
Sheri Thank You...Olivia is not yet 16 and she is doing some amazing work!
Shelley Viehweber (Olivia's Mum)
As someone able to look back at my formative years with some semblance of distance, I can honestly say that Sheri was instrumental in my development as a creative person. Not only does she cultivate the natural abilities present in all of us, Sheri also helps build the confidence and work ethic needed to succeed in any endeavor. I took pastel classes with Sheri for several years before applying to a BFA program at York University. Sheri's influence helped immensely during my undergrad and I am now continuing to strengthen my skills as a Master of Architecture student at UBC. I do not think that I would be where I am, nor be the person I am today were it not for her steady guidance.
Sheri once told me something along the lines of 'everyone has the capability to produce amazing artwork', but she is the only person ever I've known who could bring it out in anyone.
Sheri is that kind of teacher that teaches with a warm heart and lots of inspiration. She is willing to walk you into a pastel journey with great results. As an artist myself, I tried, on my own, the pastel technique and failed. After taking her workshop I grasped the art quickly and with lots of enthusiasm and learnt the tricks that makes this medium so enjoyable. Sheri's explanation and years of experience allows her students to learn quickly and explore their own individual style. Walking away from Sheri's workshop with a "master piece" of my own, tells me I got my moneys worth from her workshop. My masterpiece called "Alton Mill Summer Set" won the Muriel Davis 2009 "essence of water" award.
I took private classes with Sheri for three years until the age of 11 or 12 studying still-life, figurative, and landscape drawing in various media. Even though I was quite young when I stopped attending Sheri's classes, I can say with absolute certainty that she equipped me with the proper tools and knowledge to succeed in a strict post-secondary artistic environment. My high school art classes had nothing on Sheri's. Now, at 22, I am now entering my fourth and final year at Sheridan College in the illustration program, looking forward to attaining my bachelor of applied arts degree in the spring.
My son Alex took art classes with Sheri Tenaglia from the beginning of grade four until he went to high school. If it takes a village to raise a child, Sheri was part of Alex’s village. He respected her deeply, was very comfortable in her company, and enjoyed the conversation among the participants in her very intimate classes. He always looked forward to those classes each week.
And that’s before the impact of Sheri’s guidance on the development of his artwork! Under her direction, Alex’s sense of colour, composition, and the use of light and contrast in his artwork developed enormously. I cannot recommend Sheri as an art teacher to children more highly.
I have known Sheri for quite a few years. She was highly recommended when I was searching for an art teacher for my daughter. Sheri has the ability to communicate to her students effectively. She teaches with ease to all ages and at all levels, the different concepts related to art. The students are taught in a relaxed atmosphere where they can progress at their own pace. I would recommend Sheri to anyone at any age who is seeking to develop their creative talents.
Joanne & Jenn Johnston
Sheri has been a great art teacher and the biggest help with getting ready to apply to college. My skill and passion for art have improved so much since I started taking lessons it's hard to even believe. She has helped me put together a portfolio I'm really proud of and I look forward to my class every week and improving more.
I requested Sheri Tenaglia's art tutoring service upon finding out that my daughter
needed a portfolio in order to enter into an Interior Design program. She had some art
instruction in Grade 10 Art, as well as some natural talent, but besides that, she was at a
loss as to how she would put something together in a 3 month time period. As well, she
had no idea on how to showcase her abilities and combine a group of pieces that would
be relevant to this career choice. Sheri was very decisive and focused on Kessia's
interests, talents, level of competence and pushed her to new areas that she would not
have thought of trying. She provided Kessia with the necessary tools, environment and
instruction but was also very careful to be sure that the pieces were Kessia's creations,
created by her and therefore gave Kessia a lot of independence to produce her individual
pieces. Kessia had to complete 10 pieces within a condensed time period and Sheri was
diligent to meet this deadline with quality and creativity. The final project was for Sheri
to take professional photos of the art pieces, have them photo shopped (which she did)
and provide us with instruction on how to label, trim, mount and organize a professional
portfolio. I know for a fact that Kessia's portfolio would not have been nearly as
impressive or professional without Sheri's assistance. Kessia is extremely talented but
she needed the ideas, tools and techniques in order to produce the kind of quality that she
produced in her portfolio.
I would highly recommend Sheri for her professionalism, knowledge, eye for talent,
positive coaching and friendly disposition. It was a pleasure for my daughter to work with Sheri.
I took a soft pastel workshop with Sheri and found her to be a talented artist and a warm and personable teacher. Sheri creates a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere in which to learn and I think she goes 'above and beyond'. Long after my workshop was complete I contacted her with some questions I had and she was more than happy to provide me with the help I needed. Never having used soft pastels before, I was pleased to come out of the workshop with a solid grounding in both materials and technique enabling me to go on and complete several pieces on my own.
Thank you so much Sheri. Sarah's work is amazing. You have talent helping people
develop and find their creative ability.
I have known this for quite some time and am so honoured that Sarah is under
Sheri Tenaglia teaches with a very high degree of skill and sensitivity to her students’ needs. She creates a very positive learning environment. My skills as an art student improved dramatically over a short period of time, and I had a lot of fun on top of that.
I've had the pleasure of taking several art classes (watercolour; pastels) taught by Sheri, and came away with a better understanding of techniques and theory, as well as creative inspiration. Her knowledge and her ability to relate to the individual's needs were well evident. Plus I thoroughly enjoyed her courses!
Thanks so much Sheri. I really enjoyed your class and the excellent teaching you provided. Looking forward to crossing paths again.
I will sincerely say that I thoroughly enjoyed the courses I took with Sheri. I learned an awful lot and for a teacher I give her 5 stars. I also greatly admire her work.
My son enjoyed Sheri's art classes each week. Sheri took the time to make suggestions to improve his artistic abilities. She valued his opinion and encouraged him to add his own unique style to his work.
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