Category Archives: Fine Art

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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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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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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Oil Workshop part 2

Last Saturday was the final session in the two day oil painting workshop led by local artist Carol O’Toole.

A- level students continued in the painting activities but were also introduced to ideas around glazing, introducing veils of semi transparent colour to their creative repertoire. It was exciting to see how far the students have come in such a short time and we can’t wait to see further paintings!

Our thanks again to Carol for her warmth, encouragement and expertise. An invaluable experience for all!

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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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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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Solargraphy: Ultra Long Exposure Photography

Some of our second year ED students on the fine arts pathway have been doing some experiments with long exposure photography called “Solargraphy”.

The technique uses a pinhole camera loaded with photo sensitive paper. This is then secured in a location facing the path of the sun, and left en situ for a number of weeks. In this case these two fine examples had an exposure time of 12 weeks.

The results when inverted in Photoshop (photos on RHS) look stunning and show the transit of the sun very clearly along with landscape details.

Great stuff.

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Carol O`Toole Oil Painting Workshop pt2

The results of the second day of the oil painting workshop speak for themselves! We were so impressed with the progress all of our students made under the expert tutelage of Carol. Most students had never worked in oils and it was extremely inspiring to witness there fearlessness and ambition in approaching their task. The room was awash with vibrant colour, however you could have heard a pin drop, such was the concentration! Well… if that’s what our students can achieve after only two days, we have a real treat in store over the coming months!

We must again express our gratitude to Carol, whose professionalism, gentle humour, knowledge, warmth and enthusiasm for our students progress made each day a sheer pleasure!

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