Monthly Archives: December 2014

Paper Christmas Decorations

3D Mixed Media Study Plus created a range of hand-made Christmas decorations for the Christmas Tree in the foyer of the White Building this year.
The study plus group created origami paper stars from festive Christmas musical paper attached with rustic brown paper twine. Tom Ayling created a festive pudding theme paper from hand drawn designs edited on photoshop and printed in repeat, to create the other paper origami stars. The students also created wire and tyvek baubles using a heat manipulation technique and heat gun.
The big star feature on the top of the tree is a larger complicated 3D paper star made by Lowenna Symons and Ross Freeborn.
The students chose to follow a theme of icy blues and whites for this years tree.

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Foundation Diploma: Work in Progress

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A selection of work by Foundation Diploma Art & Design students from their latest project. The brief was to explore a personal investigation of ‘Personal Space’ developing ideas and exploring these within all the areas of the course; Fine Art, Textural Surfaces, Visual Communication, Printmaking, and 3D.

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Beyond Truro College – Papio Press


Next up in our `Beyond..` series is past student Zanna Goldhawk.
Here is her story in her own words –

“I’m Zanna Goldhawk, originally from Penzance, but now I live in Cheltenham and study Illustration at the University of Gloucestershire.

Going to Truro college completely changed the course of my life, and I’m infinitely glad I chose to travel the hour and fifteen minutes it took me to get there every day because it was more than worth it for the incredible standard of teaching available at the college. Illustration was never a path I’d considered going down until I started my Graphics A Level at Truro, where I fell in love with it completely. I was lucky enough to have some really incredible teachers there (Jago Silver, Georgina Hounsome, Jo Doidge) who were a huge influence and a great inspiration to me, and who I still keep in touch with and still encourage and support me with my work.

I met my partner Harry Marshall at uni, and we started Papio Press together. Papio Press is largely an online business where Harry and I sell our illustrations on various products. We wanted to take our future into our own hands, instead of relying on commissions as illustrators. Our idea was to bring something beautiful into the everyday at affordable prices. We sell iPhone Cases, Notebooks, Pocket Mirrors, Tote Bags, Tea Towels and Prints – and we’re always expanding.
We have storefronts on Etsy and Not On The High Street, and business is booming. One of our products was recently featured in the January issue of Idea Home Magazine, which we can hardly believe since we’re just a couple of third year students who started a little business six months ago.”

A great success and great artwork I think you`ll agree.

You can also follow Zanna and Papio press on Facebook too.

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Inspired by Penlee Gallery

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Fifteen Truro College students are selected to show work alongside famous Cornish Paintings.

For the third year, ‘Penlee Inspired’ celebrates creative responses to Penlee House’s collections of art and artefacts. It is a showcase of contemporary local creativity: practicing artists and beginners have made responses in the form of paintings, photographs, sculpture and poetry.

These contemporary works relate imaginatively to the collections. From over one hundred entries, staff at Penlee carefully selected pieces that showed not just technical proficiency but a direct link to the gallery and museum, its works and exhibitions. Entrants have ranged from schoolchildren to retirees, artists to fishermen.

Fifteen works were selected from Truro and Penwith college students studying Fine Art on the Level 3 Extended Diploma Course. The journey began with a visit to the gallery in September, where students were asked to select and ‘transcribe’ directly from the works at first hand. Information was collected by drawing and painting and collage and was then developed in the studio at Truro College.

Students selected are:
Jacob Pruszynski, Alice Nightingale, Scott Omlo, Elysia Brooks, Kristian Bailey, Holly Wright, James Cooper, Hannah Simpson, Olivia Wright, William Dean, Veronika Thijssen, Jodie MacQueen, Ed Gaca, Jasim Smitham and Joe Evans. In addition to students, three staff works were also selected: Kay Vinson, Mark Dunford and Dave Smart.

Penlee House has gained a national reputation for its exhibitions of Cornish art from the Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries. This unique exhibition showcases contemporary local talent: professional artists, amateurs and total beginners have produced paintings, pictures, poetry and more. Filling the galleries alongside the pieces that inspired them, these modern works highlight not only the breadth of artistic skill in contemporary Cornwall, but the enduring power and relevance of these earlier works.
Admission is FREE for everyone throughout Penlee Inspired and also includes entry to Crafts for Christmas, a selling exhibition of work by members of Cornwall Crafts Association.

Penlee Inspired
Penlee House Gallery & Museum
29 November 2014 – 10 January 2015

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Felted Pots


The 3D Mixed Media Study Plus group created these 3D seamless wet felted vessels using merino wool last Weds afternoon. This is a tactile technique which involves wet felting using a resist and lots of soapy water, each student personalised their felt bowl with a highlight of coloured wool around the opening. Next week the group are exploring 3D ‘slashed’ felt bowls, incorporating a wider range of colours.

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