Category Archives: A2 Level

This Way Up – Next week!

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

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A Sense of Self

Circuit/Tate – ‘A Sense of Self’ – Fine Art Photography Workshop with A Level students. 

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During the half term break A level students had the pleasure of working alongside artist Oliver Raymond-Barker in an exciting three day Fine Art & Photography workshop which culminated in a visit to the Tate St Ives current show on photography ‘The Modern Lens’. Students worked in a range of mixed media including, paint, stitch, photograms, gold leaf and digitally! The results were so good they have been invited to exhibit their work in a temporary display in the Tate alongside the current exhibition, during Young at Tate on Saturday the 15th of November. Definitely worth a visit!

Well done to all the students, below is some of their finished images.

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Colour Theory

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Colour is but a sensation and has no existence outside the nervous system of living beings.”  Nicholas Ogden Rood

What is colour?

A Level Art Students got all Bahaus during colour theory week!

Students used ‘The Interaction of colour’ by Artist Josef Albers to explore ideas in relation to colour theory.

Students were asked to consider the way in which we perceive colour, how colour is effected by adjacent colours and the cultural associations of colour and Language!

Students played the coca cola red game, where colour memory was tested! Students also compared touch sensation to visual sensation and how this could be compared in relation to warm and cold! Get the bucket of iced water and hot water out!

All in all, a really fun and informative week was had by all, where students tried to deepen their understanding of colour and colour terminology!

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Beyond Truro College – Victoria Walker


Next to be featured in our Beyond Truro College posts is jeweller Victoria Walker.

Victoria specializes in kinetic, fine jewellery inspired by the beauty of natural forms. Her signature botanical lockets feature miniature articulated flowers that gently emerge and unfold from within. Ring designs are also kinetic and feature beautiful stones set into entirely revolving spheres. These moving designs are inspired by the sentimental nature of lockets and indeed all jewellery, with the idea that sometimes the most precious and treasured elements are hidden beneath the surface. Using traditional techniques with silver, 18ct gold and diamonds, every tiny petal is carefully handcrafted and precisely engineered to create these beautiful impressions of the natural world.

What Victoria has to say about here time at the college –
‘I really enjoyed studying at Truro College. The jewellery course was very focused on traditional making skills and with a relatively small class size, we had the benefit of regular one-to-one tuition. I found the atmosphere at college really positive and tutors across all art and design departments seemed keen to help in whatever area we needed it. Of course, one of the best parts was being able to study and complete my degree without leaving Cornwall.’

Her work can be found at Princes House, Truro and more of her work can be viewed here.

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St. Ives Galleries Visit

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This week the art & design dept took their yearly visit to St. Ives. The plan: be inspired!
With two packed double-deckers full of eager students we descended upon the sun kissed fishing village. Famous for it art and brilliant light we enjoyed a full day of gallery visits and taking in the sights of the town.
Students got to see more art in situ and do plenty of visual recording in their sketchbooks.
Highlights included the Tate and Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden, plus many numerous galleries to numerous to mention.
Art was viewed, drawing was done and pasties were consumed.
It was then time to head home, but delay in the form of `cows on the road` (only in Cornwall) lead to the only slow point of the day.
See you again next year St. Ives.

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Beyond Truro College – Harriet Posznansky

These occasional posts will introduce past Truro College Art & Design students who have gone on to work in the world of art.

Harriet Poznansky is a London based Artist / Writer / Musician . Graduating from The Slade School of Fine Art in 2014.

Harriet grew up in the country side near St.Ives Cornwall, as one of seven musical children. Eager to evolve her artistic practice she moved to London in 2008.

Harriet studied A-level fine art here at Truro and has gone onto be a successful painter.

CONTACT
harrietpoznansky@gmail.com
tel- 07411844985

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Textiles & Fashion – Room Redesign

New term, new students, new room make over!

The A-level Textiles and Fashion students have been treated to an amazing redesign of their studio base with purpose built dress form storage and additional sewing stations to feed their creativity for 2014-15.

We look forward to the results their new creative space will inspire.

A big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make it happen especially; Sean for the original idea, and Amy, Alex, Reece and Stuart for their technical support.

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A Level Art and Design London Art Trip 2014

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Students and Staff had an amazing time on the A Level Art and Design London Art Trip 2014.

A  jam packed series of gallery visits meant that students and staff were creatively invigorated if not physically and mentally exhausted!

We traveled up by train stayed at Beit Hall right next to the Albert Hall! Then it was straight on to the Galleries!

Day 1. Visit to the Pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery an amazing, contemporary Architectural structure! National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Courtauld Gallery, then a quick trip through China Town on our way to the Whitechapel Gallery and First Thursdays, an exciting event where all the hippest independent Galleries in the East End stay open till late!

Day 2. The Royal Academy Summer Show – Everyone’s favourite! Cork Street, Tate Modern – the amazing Matisse show!
Jean Paul Gautier at the Barbican, truly inspiring for our fashion students!

Day 3. Natural History Museum a brilliant resource for drawing, the V&A for the Glamour of Italian Fashion show, and the Barbican for the Digital Revolution show!

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“Tate Modern photo. Silhouettes of Lily and Joanna, post viewing the fantastic Matisse show which was full of colour and fun, and reminded me of the joy of art and the power of natural lines, shapes and colours. Thank you for a fabulous trip, so glad I came.”  Imogen Allen

Students also went shopping and visited different exhibitions as well! Phew, how did we do it all?! The first night almost everyone went to the Lahore Kebab House for one of the finest Curries the East End has to offer, everyone agreed this was almost worth the Trip alone! Special thanks to the Curator at the Illustration Cupboard who let some of our students handle the amazing etchings in the collection, many of them worth tens of thousands of pounds! An exciting if not daunting experience!

Yet again this was a truly inspiring trip where students were inspired, not only by the Art, but by the environment and different cultures, also lots of new friendships were made!

“My Favourite thing was the Matisse Exhibition at Tate Modern – He’s a renowned fine artist with no fear of pattern or colour, probably the best exhibition I’ve ever seen.” Minnie Bunce

“I had an amazing time in London, I was able to make many new friends, eat lots of delicious food, have the amazing opportunity to visit many beautiful galleries & exhibits, & be inspired by London itself and it’s art & design.” Chui Yee Lee

Can’t wait to do it all over again next year!

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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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