Category Archives: Art & Design

Altered States – photomontage


Our 2nd year L3 Extended Diploma students spend a term studying an extra skill, one of these is photographic techniques.
These range from digital portraits to darkroom skills and this week – photomontage.
The students looked at work from Dadaism, Hockney, Angret Soltau and John Stezaker as inspiration for their pieces. They then took digital images and overworked them in various ways. Using colour, mixed media and sewing they created a range of outcomes in a style of their choice.
The results above show great creativity and understanding, nice job!

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get set go

Design Pathway students on the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design have just completed their set designs for the Royal Opera House’s Design Challenge, a live brief in which they are competing.
Asked to respond to one of four possible Director’s visions, they have developed a broad range of exciting solutions. These range from designs based on medieval Verona to dystopian futures.
Included in this selection is work from Matilda Fuller, Eleanor Bolton, Thomas Parker, Ellie Pyner and Abigail Kennedy.

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think inside the box!

The Access students were asked to think ‘inside the box’ this week as they explored the sight size approach to life drawing. The Sight Size technique involves taking measurements from life using your pencil as a measuring guide.
Students made a bounding box which was proportionally accurate and used this as a guide to inform further measurements and their drawing as a whole. Students took inspiration from the Artist Euan Uglow who is famous for his carefully plotted figurative studies. A tough session but the results speak for themselves! Go Access, some really smart, proportionally considered drawing!

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Anthony Gormley inspires

A recent Access Art and Design life drawing session was inspired by the work of Anthony Gormley.
Students were encouraged to work in ink to quickly responding to a moving model who threw silk scarves and ribbons about in the air. The resulting drawings exploit the haphazard qualities of the medium whilst generating an amazing sense of movement! With some very atmospheric results, well done!

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Ceramic Patchwork

Second Year Extended Diploma Students on the Design pathway reassembled damaged and unwanted crockery inspired by the work of Zoe Hillyard.

They wrapped each fragment with salvaged fabrics, stitching by hand to reassemble them into newly constructed forms.

During the project we have focused on working solely with salvaged materials to create woven and constructed textiles.

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ceramic cities

Our Saturday clubs latest work has been in ceramics.
This years theme is the `Home` so why not make our own, in the form of a ceramic city!
Renown local sculptor Reece Ingram was on hand as tutor as the students designed and created clay tiles upon which buildings were then sat. These tiles all interlinked once fired to create a fantastic cityscape, pictured below.

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A bright start to the Year!

AS Fine Art students returned to College after the Christmas festivities, but they were far from gloomy!

Instead of a grey January they are enjoying a bright start to the new year as we embark on two weeks of colour theory! Students are mixing an array of colours. During the first week students played the Coca-Cola game, attempting to mix that ubiquitous red from memory! An exercise developed by the artist and teacher Josef Albers!

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cmyk

Print Academy students started the new year by learning about screen printing.
Students learnt about the technical aspects of screen printing as well as seeing colour theory in action! Students printed with Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black and were amazed by the results! What an amazing set of prints they created!

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christmas memories

Our Print Academy wishes you a Happy New Year!

Just before last term ended the print Academy students enjoyed making their own hand printed Christmas cards, There were many gorgeous designs! We can’t believe Christmas is over already!

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drawing with scissors

Drawing with Scissors, lessons from Matisse.

‘He said he was drawing with scissors, cutting directly into colour, abolishing the conflicts – between colour and line’

Access students channelled their inner Matisse in life drawing this week, with amazing results!

Students quickly drew with scissors working directly into coloured paper to create figures which have all the lively, direct and robust qualities found in Matisse’s beautiful cut out figures.

The students utilised rhythmic lines, forms which echo forms, sinuous arabesque curves, fluid shapes and negative spaces to imply and build structure.

“Cutting directly into color reminds me of a sculptor’s carving into stone.” (Henri Matisse)

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