Category Archives: A-Level

Page Turner – Turning heads

On from now until this Sat 27th May, 3pm – Page Turner.

A celebration of great student art from Truro College, Cornwall.

Take yourself down to Lemon Quay Piazza in Truro and become inspired by the wealth of talent on display.

From fine art to jewelry, from architecture to graphics design, and everything in between.

Our 12th annual show, Page Turner.

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A-level Fine Art

On display this week in our exhibition space is work by the 2nd year A-level fine art students. Ranging from sketches, oils and prints the work shows off some of the students skills honed over the past year and a half.

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Oil Painting workshop with Carol O’Toole

Fine Art A-level students enjoyed their first day of a two day oil painting workshop with local Artist Carol O’Toole.

Students were encouraged to work with a limited pallet and explore the range of colours they could mix. Students then began to use oils to create work from their own imagery, all under the helpful instruction of Carol.

Everyone had a great day and we can’t wait to see the results of the workshop next Saturday!

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A-Level Architecture Talks

On Friday the 4th of November A level students studying Product Design & The Built Environment had the opportunity to meet two highly regarded Architects. Jennifer Dixon (Architecture Lead) For AECOM ( One of the Worlds Largest Architecture and Infrastructure Companies), and Mark Elton Director for Cowen Eco Design and UK Specialist for Passivhaus and sustainable design. 14 dedicated students came to college on their day off to listen to talks by both, about their experiences in the industry followed by a question and answer session which was very enlightening.

Both Jennifer and Mark were invited to review 2nd year architectural projects and give highly valued feedback to the students, last year Jennifer also helped organise a once in a life time visit to Grimshaws Architectural practice in NYC where students where able to see some of the worlds leading architectural projects happening in real time.

When asked to comment about the student’s work Jennifer said ” The outputs in the studio and the level of design thinking are clearly well beyond the normal expectations of an A level study program” Mark Elton when asked the same reflected the positive comments made by his peer adding “Having been invited to Truro to review students’ progress on the architecture module led by Sean Dugan, I was delighted to also get the chance to introduce them to the Passivhaus design standard as well. I was really impressed with their awareness of the issues surrounding sustainable design and the ambition of their projects. For those students wishing to advance to architectural careers, this course will give them an incredible foundation for the challenges facing them in architecture school. Gwrys yn ta pubonan! / Well done everyone!”

 

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This Way Up – Next week!

Lemon Quay, Truro, Cornwall, UK. Next week (24th May) for one week only!

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Product design : Hoover project

Marking out,

Cutting,

Shaping,

Construction,

Surface prep,

and painting. Finished product coming soon!

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Fashion Master Class


A2 Fashion students create amazing garment in only an hour and a half! In a Subtraction Pattern Cutting Master Class, led by Gary Mills Programme Leader for Fashion at Somerset College, students designed, cut and created these awesome garments in under 90 minutes.

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TENTh – showcasing our talent!

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Its that time of year again where we at Truro College Art & Design department take over Lemon Quay, Truro, for our annual show.
This is our tenth year, hence the name, and we grow from strength to strength each year. This, I think, is our best yet. From fine art to fashion, 3D desig to graphics, ceramics to photography, its all on show for all to see. There is such a wealth of talent here in Cornwall, and it is such a great way of showing it off to you the public. I hope it inspires and amazes in equal measure.
So, if you are in the area, PLEASE pop in to our big tent of art on the piazza, have a mooch around and enjoy the multitude of art on display!

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Beyond Truro College – Chris Mutton

Our next college alumni that has gone on to bigger things is VFX whizz kid Chris Mutton –

“I’m currently working as a Rigging TD / Technical Artist in the VFX industry in London. The company is called Framestore, and after a brief stint in their commercials department I am now working in the world of feature films.  I have only been here a couple of months so far, so haven’t worked on any big blockbusters that I can boast about …yet!

My job is the bridge between the modelling and animation teams.  I take a 3D generated model and add the control systems and skeletons, as well as defining how the model deforms and anything else animation need to make a character move in a believable way.  It’s a great mix of artistic eye and technical knowledge.

Since University I have also worked in the games industry for Sony Computer Entertainment on the Killzone franchise, and for a company called Jellyfish Pictures on a children’s animated TV show called the Floogals.

At Truro College I studied Fine Art with Louise and Tristan, Graphic Illustration with Natalie, as well as Maths and Music Tech.  I also got involved with the regular Life Drawing classes on offer, which has been invaluable to my understanding of human form and function and something I kept up throughout education and still try and attend as often as possible.  I had an enjoyable year on Truro’s Art Foundation course before heading off to Bournemouth to study Computer Animation and Visualisation which is how I got into the career I have now.

Truro was a really great place for me to get a excellent grounding in Art.  The department was always such a fun place to be, full of energy and friendly faces!”

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Beyond Truro College – Anika Manuel

Our next post college student success is Anika Manuel –

“My name is Anika Manuel and I currently live and work in Cornwall. At Truro College I studied the A level in Fine Art which was taught by Tristan Sherwood and Louise Walter, this gave me the opportunity to develop my interest in art and the basic skills I had. I particularly remember being taught how to use acrylic paint and this, along with my personal study and the knowledge gained from my History of Art A level, ultimately influenced my career as a portrait painter in the years following. At college I developed an interest in figurative painting, and then concreted this area of specialisation on the foundation diploma that I went on to study. I greatly enjoyed the level of experimentation on the course and encouragement provided from the tutors and it was on the recommendation from Gareth Edwards, my painting tutor, that I went on to apply and get accepted for a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. After graduating with a First, I came back to Cornwall as a self employed Fine artist with a gallery in London that exhibits my portraits internationally. My practice involves creating realistic depictions of the human figure (often celebrities) and this work is currently on show at The Moreton Gallery in the Cotswolds, as well as through Degreeart (http://www.degreeart.com/users/anika-manuel) All of my work can be viewed on my website www.anikamanuel.com or through my Facebook page: Anika Manuel Artist.

To all students currently studying the arts the best advice I could offer would be to persist, as long as you have a passion for art and you believe in what you are doing then you can make a successful career out of doing something that you love.”

Wise words!

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