Monthly Archives: June 2014

Notebook making 101

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Creativity never sleeps at Truro College. Its out with the old and in with the new, students that is. The A-level students have just begun their second year studies in the department & their first project.
The A2 Illustration Graphics students have been busy creating their own hand-made notebooks. Covers and end papers used have been designed by the students using their own lino-prints, which have then been worked on digitally to create their own designs – so each and every book is 100% hand-made and unique.

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MS trust secret art show

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Many of the staff here have donated their work to this great charity event, so if you can spare a few minutes take a look and maybe bag some cool art at a very cool price!

“Since November 2010 the Secret Art Show has raised over £87,000 to help the 100,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the UK. Over 1,000 artists have donated art, each piece signed and dated on the back. All the paintings are sold anonymously for £45 each (plus p&p) and only when you have purchased the painting will the identity of the artist be revealed.

The names of all the artists are on display online during the exhibition, on our artist’s page. Who knows; you might bag a masterpiece at a fraction of its true value!

Why are we running the event?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common cause of neurological disability in young adults, affecting 100,000 people in the UK. The MS Trust is committed to ensuring everyone affected by MS has the information they need to make the right decisions for them and access to the specialist services they need.

The money raised by the Secret Art Show ensures that the MS Trust can continue to offer high quality information and a personal enquiry service for people affected by MS, and essential education for all MS nurses and therapists.”

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Artists in residency workshop: Naomi Frears


Truro College Fine Art students were lucky enough to work alongside local artist Naomi Frears in a week long project which explored creative responses to the Tate St Ives current exhibition ‘International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives 1915–1965’. For the week commencing Monday the 9th of June, students worked in a range of mediums and approaches creating open ended work in simply constructed sketchbooks. Naomi gave talks about her own practice, especially in relation to her own sketchbooks and how these informed her own painting practice. The student’s sketchbooks were then taken to the Tate St Ives on Saturday the 14th June, where they were temporarily exhibited in the gallery alongside the works which had inspired the student’s initial responses.
This Artist in residence was the first of its kind to be piloted within the A Level department and was kindly funded by ‘Circuit’ a national programme to engage young people in the arts. We are in further conversations with this programme to create new opportunities for our students to engage with the opportunities Tate St Ives offers, so…watch this space.

More on this event here.

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Naomi Frears – Studio visit


On Saturday the 14th of June local Artist Naomi Frears kindly opened the doors to her studio, to any of our interested students to experience a real Artists studio, see her work first hand and discuss the realities of being a full time Fine Artist, an extremely enjoyable and illuminating experience! Thanks again to Naomi for extreme generosity and encouragement of our students.

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Tate St Ives Visit & Workshops Sat 14th June


As part of the Artist in residence programme our students were offered free transport to the Tate St Ives ‘International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives 1915–1965’ exhibition. Not only did their friends and family enjoy free entry, the students also got to exhibit their work within the space, an amazing experience and opportunity, they were also able to run or engage in various workshops! Fine Art Knitting, Performance Art, Creative Writing and Singing were just a few of the experiences on offer! Tate Collectives is looking for any young people to get involved, so check it out and start doing exciting things with the Tate!
What the students had to say –
Harry Roberts “I found it really interesting to have a practicing artist like Naomi in residence. She was very approachable, and welcomed discussion on various subjects. I was also encouraged to try monoprinting by her, which I found really enjoyable, and will definitely use in my future practice.”
Emily Bainbridge “Visiting Naomi Frears studio in St Ives was really inspiring, I’ve never met a Fine Artist before, it made me feel I could make Art and study it at Degree level maybe even pursuing it as a career!”

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Taster Day @ the Art & design Department

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Young students from Fowey spent time experiencing taster sessions at Truro College yesterday.
The during afternoon it was the art & design departments turn to host them, and challenge them. In the able hands of technician Stuart Robinson, they spent the session building newspaper towers, the winners being the team with the tallest free-standing structure, topped with an arty flag.
Next they spent time with head of department Martin Page in the drawing studio. Using charcoal taped to bamboo the drew from observation to create some impressive large scale art work.
The students all got involved and produce some great results as shown in the slideshow.

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Bahari – Penwith College Art Exhibition

Wednesday 25th-Sunday 29th June 2013
9am – 6pm daily (Open until 4pm Sunday 29th June)
Marquee on the Harbour Car Park, Penzance
Admission is free

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A wide range of students from Penwith College will be showcasing their work under canvas on the Harbour Car Park, bringing their many talents and skills to the Penwith Community.

The Collective presents “Bahari, the ocean leads us anywhere” the annual exhibition of work by Penwith College Art and Design Students which this year forms part of the Golowan Goes Global celebrations in the town.

This is the second year that this exhibition has been produced on such a large scale, incorporating work from A level, Vocational Diploma, Access and Foundation studies students as well as work from part time students studying at Penzance School of Art – all in one great show and during the amazing Golowan Festival Week.

The Bahari exhibition celebrates the diverse range of art and design work produced by students on our courses at Penwith College. The work on display is conceptually dynamic, skilfully crafted and passionately produced by students aged between 16 and 80, for whom the opportunity to exhibit right here in the heart of the community is an exciting moment and one which the staff are extremely proud to be able to offer them.

For some of our students this represents the beginning of a life long journey in the development of their own artistic visual identity. A journey of exploration and new experiences, it’s the first major stepping stone towards their future successes. For others in this show this consolidates their position as creatively assured individuals. From beginners to experienced practitioners, our students have collectively produced an exhibition guaranteed to inspire, invigorate and amaze our visitors.

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Do You Tweet…

Well we certainly do!
twitter-logo[1]And now you can too. Follow the links below to keep track of all our goings on:
@Trurocollegeart
@FDNArtTruro
@Truro_Penwith
Happy Tweeting y`all.

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Contemporary Craft Festival

Last weekend students from both BA and FdA Silversmith and Jewellery exhibited their work at the Bovey Tracey Craft Festival. This gave the students the opportunity to see some of the best work around, talk to local artists as well as discussing their own work with other professionals in the field.

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And we`re done


Yesterday was the last day for our 2nd year students here in the art dept of Truro college.
The sun was out, spirits were high and a picnic was thrown to say `Well done` and `See you later.`
Now if we could only get rid of those pesky 1st years we could all go home for the summer…

Truro college art & design dept 2nd years 2014

Truro college art & design dept 2nd years 2014

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