Monthly Archives: November 2013

Life Drawing

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Students have been busy with life drawing again this week using the mediums of charcoal and chalk to produce this fine set of images.

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Head Space

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Head space! Three dimensional lines!

The A Level ‘Study Plus’ life drawing students were ssked to think like the famous modernist sculptor Rodin this week as they were asked to draw contours in space! Unlike Rodin whose works are in bronze or marble, our students were asked to make a three dimensional head in wire. The results range from quite illustrative and playful, to visually intelligent and complex. Often reminiscent of the haptic drawings of Claude Heath shown below.


Great work everyone, ‘Go! Study plus sculptors!’


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Truro: City of Light

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Over the past month the art & design department has had a guest in its building – a T-Rex lantern for the Truro City of Light parade which took place last night in less than perfect conditions. Heres what lantern  builder extraordinaire Laura Frances Martin had to say –

“What a crazy evening!! We were assembling and fixing last-minute problems (including a dead battery…ahhh!!) in very strong winds, in fact just trying to stop the bits blowing away was a challenge!! Still, I think it all came off in the end and the kids in particular LOVED this lantern!! I had four students from Truro College helping carry, which was fantastic – they went the extra half mile literally and helped carry it back to the workshop at the end of the evening in spite of having to get later buses. What stars. Emma, Freya and two friends whose names I`ve forgotten. Thank you thank you!!  The lantern is now back in the workshop and looking a little the worse for wear… poor thing!

It was brilliant being able to build most of the lantern at Truro College, thank you so much to everyone there for making me feel very welcome and for helping out when needed.”

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FdA Digital Visualisation


The digital revolution is forcing the most dramatic changes in art and design since the Renaissance. This interdisciplinary course combines practical and theoretical practice to develop your digital skills within traditional areas such as painting, sculpture, illustration, printed material, exhibitions, animation, concept art for games and film, web products, architectural and interior visualisation, 3D computer modelling, product, automotive and furniture styling, fashion, surface pattern and packaging design, set design for theatre, film and TV, installation art and future visualisation.

You will learn the skills, knowledge, aptitude and adaptability to move with confidence into a variety of creative industries. Links to these industries are encouraged as part of the Professional Practice module which also helps develop routes for career progression.

The course covers a broad art and design base including:

  • 2D, 3D and 4D Art / Design / Visualisation / Motion
  • Flexible Personal Development allowing career development in a number of directions including: Fine Art, Publishing, Illustration, Technical Illustration, Film Production Design, Animation, Graphic Design, Game Art, 3D Design, Exhibition Design and Interior and Architectural Visualisation

Starting by examining the fundamentals of art and design, you will develop the creative and observational skills required in the industry. From this solid foundation, you will develop your own projects within your chosen specialist areas and gain the opportunity to experiment with new rules, disciplines and, above all, ideas. The course works closely with a wide range of professionals so digital skills can be applied in many situations, enhancing employability as well as creativity.

You can follow our students work via their Tumblr page here.

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Saturday Art Club

On Nov 2nd the art & design departments Saturday art club took a visit to London.

They were introduced to the Sorrel foundation at Kings Hall, Somerset house and went on to view galleries of the Courtauld permanent collection, the young Durer drawings and the Aram design gallery.

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Interior Design

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If you study interior design, want to or just have an interest why not check out the FdA Interior Design Practice Facebook page by clicking on the link below –!/FdAInteriorDesignPracticeInCornwall

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The photography students spent this week experimenting with another classic process by making a selection of cyanotypes.

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Drawing in the Dark

AS Fine Art students learn the real meaning of theatrical lighting as they are submerged into darkness for a fortnights tonal drawing! The dramatically lit still life is the stimulus for drawings which explore the effects of chiaroscuro! Check out the blog over the next couple of weeks to see the results!

Also to see the best answers given to the question “Is tone subjective?” Part of our ongoing philosophical debate about tone. Deep!

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The 2014 NADFAS & the RBA awards

Ever wondered if the Art world has an X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent or Strictly? Well The Royal Society of British Artists  annual show at the Mall Galleries, London running from 5 – 15 March 2014 comes close!

Every year the RBA runs a competition to promote and showcase the very best of A Level student work happening nationally.

Yet again Truro College A Level Fine Art department are enjoying another year of phenomenal success as this year 4 of their students have been selected to exhibit their work at the prestigious Mall Galleries, London, alongside the annual Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition.  This is an exciting opportunity for Truro College students, Beth Uglow, Sarah Reeves, Sarah Richardson and Leo Goldsmith to have the experience of  exhibiting in a London gallery.

Student Beth Uglow said It is such an honour for me to be exhibiting my painting alongside professional artists, in a London Gallery that I have visited on Art Study trips to London. I’m really excited about seeing my work at the private view and hope the public will like my work. 

The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies made over 227 submissions of A Level work for consideration by a judging panel of RBA Members, only 27 pieces were selected, 4 of which were Truro College A Level Fine Art students, a huge achievement!

This Exhibition shows the best of contemporary representational painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. The shortlisted students will receive the title RBA Scholar and attend the prestigious private view at the Mall Galleries.

The selected pieces as well as other students work can be seen on the Truro College Fine Art Pinterest board – Wish I’d Done That.

Further information about the students experiences in Truro College Art Department can be found on

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