Category Archives: Art & Design

Penlee Inspired – art in response to our collection

Penlee House, Gallery and museum invite you along to view  – Penlee Inspired. An exhibition of art inspired in response to the collections and exhibitions at Penlee House. Featuring work from Truro College Art & Design students and further afield.

Open daily from 24th November and running until 5th January 2019.

Penlee House is located in Morrab Gardens, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4HE.

Image by Finlay Walsh-Newton.

 

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Oils Workshop

Local Artist Carol O’Toole led the first session of a two day oil painting workshop (running two consecutive Saturdays).
Carol led Fine Art A Level students through the basics, including materials, processes and colour mixing.
The results from day one were astounding! Well done students, thanks Carol, same time next week?! Can’t wait!

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iterative repetition

PDBE students have got all iterative!!!
Iterative: a procedure in which repetition of a sequence of operations yields results successively closer to a desired result.
PDBE students have made beautiful sketches from their workshop models and SolidWorks drawings, making observational studies which they gradually stylised. These drawings will then be used to inform further models and SolidWorks designs, very iterative!

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Look Drawing


Access Art and Design students have been thinking about the relationship between looking and drawing. Why do we look at the page when we draw? What happens to our drawing if we don’t look at it whilst we make it? How do we coordinate the journey of our ‘minds eye’ with our hand? The resulting drawings had a directness and honesty which was very compelling.

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Collograph

Print Academy students had fun playing with stencils and their collograph plates! We inked the blocks up ‘intaglio’ with a range of delicious colours and even accented the block with ‘relief inking the raised surfaces in darker colours. The results were amazing! Go Print Academy!

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Student Art Showcase


Some stunning work from the Level 1 and 2 art students, taken from their first two projects based on ‘everyday objects’ shown through 2D & 3D images. The students have learnt about a variety of skills for 2D; painting, mixed media, mark-making… and 3D; relief work, sculpture using cardboard and wire.
The learners have then used artists research to develop the projects using their own choice of media and techniques. They have worked hard and I am very proud of their outcomes.

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Drawing as investigation – Negative Space.


What if we drew what wasn’t there? Why do we always draw around things? These are some of the questions the Access Art and Design students asked themselves in the ‘Negative Space’ Lesson. Students were encouraged to work like Matisse cutting the negative spaces out of black paper to create simple collages which explored negative space. Students also created quick pencil and ink studies exploring the same approach. A simple a quick exercise which turns observational drawing on its head! These quick studies resulted in outcomes with huge design potential!

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Energised Tone


Access students were asked to create ‘energised surfaces’ using a built up and scattered array of marks.
It was fascinating to see how each students sample varied. The individual quality of each surface confirmed the idea that each persons drawn marks are as distinct as their handwriting!
Students then worked into these ‘surfaces’ building their drawings on top of these ‘energised’ marks!
The below images show close up photos of energised their marks.

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geometric forms

Second Year Design students on the UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design recently visited Royal Cornwall Museum on a research trip.
Responding to the incredible mineral collections there, they developed a series of geometric forms which suggest the crystalline structures to which they refer. Developing skills with brazing, casting, construction and reductive techniques, the students created their own collections of forms.

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Creative Contours

Product Design and the Built Environment A Level students were asked to consider the nature of contour lines this week.
What is a contour line? How does a contour line differ from an outline? How can an understanding of contours be built into our design practice and construction techniques?
Students built upon Da Vinci’s advice to students to trace through glass to understand perspective. They also explored what shadows can tell us, with exciting results!

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