Category Archives: Saturday Art & Design Club

Saturday Art Club – Plymouth Masterclass

Last month Truro College SAC along with the clubs from Cornwall College and Plymouth College of Art attended a sculpture masterclass.
Making large inflated sculptures this masterclass was taught by Thomas Randell-Page who teaches architecture in a London college.
After a talk the members worked/drew ideas on long piece of paper for their creation. Members from each college were mixed up into several groups. Working with people from different colleges they designed and made a large sculpture out of thick polythene sheet, these were then joined together and inflated with fans to create their finished sculptures. I think the kids enjoyed getting inside the inflated sculptures.
The group was then given a demonstration of glass blowing.
Everyone had a great day, and their fabulous work is shown below.
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screenprint workshop


The Saturday club recently explored the world of screen printing in a two week workshop with Jo Lampard. The first week focused on collage as a means of generating art work. Images were provided and the only thing they had to make sure they used in their collage was a building. This linked to an on going theme running through previous workshops. Other than that, they could do what ever they wanted.
These images were then exposed onto silk screens for the second workshop. Students were shown how to cut a stencil to add a colour base layer, before printing their final design over the top.
It was a very busy couple of weeks but the outcomes were fantastic as you can see above.
Students left with several paper prints and one tote bag. One student even bought in her own pillow case to print onto!

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Shed Shed Shed lovely Sheds


What do you do with a load of scrap wood ? Make a shed !

Inspired by George Clarke’s T.V programme (Shed of the Year, Channel 4) the Saturday Art club designed and made for wooden buildings.
It was quite a challenge to produce something in 2 hours from scratch but the students rose to the challenge. There was a frenzy of sawing and gluing, and the production of some imaginative constructions.

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Making Ocarinas


This week the Saturday Art Club were working with clay to produce Ocarinas ( little clay Flutes )
Inspired by the film `The Silence of Ani` by Francis Alys . He filmed a group of young people in the ancient and ruined city of Ani, on the border between Armenia and Turkey. They were given different bird whistles and with their calls brought life back to the ruins.

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Little Birdhouse in the Sky

These fab little ceramic birdhouses were made by the members of the Truro Saturday Art & Design club.

Their theme this year has been `Gardens` and this has been one of a series of workshops exploring a variety of different materials and processes.

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Gwyl Lewis : Moku Hanga (Japanese woodcut) workshop interview

We interviewed one of our Art & Design Lecturers Gwyl Lewis about a recent Moku Hanga (Japanese woodcut) day workshop he ran a Truro College.

I: What is Moku Hanga?

G: Simply it is the Japanese form of woodcut, though we do look at other water based woodcut traditions, but the Japanese have developed this form to highly sophisticated art form.

I: How Does it differ from western woodcut?

G: Its main difference is the printing with water based inks as opposed to oil based inks, which makes it a safer way of printing, so good for health and safety and ecologically sound.

I: Does Moku Hanga have any other special attributes?

G: Yes the Japanese didn’t use Printing presses, so printed by hand, which makes it ideal for the amateur artist, with very little outlay on equipment.

I: How did you start doing this form of printmaking?

G: I Had several Japanese tutors over the years , but I suppose being a student of Rebecca Salter Britain’s leading expert on Moku Hanga (she has publish several books on subject) while I was studying for my Printmaking M.A. Also my own researches, I have been running workshops in Moku Hanga since the late 1990s in Art schools and other venues.

I: Do you have to have to be artistically knowledgeable to do your day workshop?

G: Not at all. A willingness to learn something new, one of the good aspects of printmaking, is that it is a process based art form, while people  are concentrating on the process they forget erroneous notions that they can’t draw etc, and in fact they are always surprised by the outcome when they peel back the paper there is a good print design it’s a kind of magic one never gets tired of. I run the course so beginners, and persons with some printmaking knowledge, will all gain from the workshop.

I: This sounds exciting are you going to be running another workshop in the near future?

G: Yes, on Saturday 10th February.

I: How would you join in?

G: If you contact Part-time courses at Truro College on 01872 265800, they will give you some information on enrolling.

I: Do you run any other printmaking courses ?

G: Yes, I run two adult education evening courses. One on introductory printmaking course, and printmaking master class starting very soon. Also a one day wood engraving course later in the term, all of which Part -time courses have more info on.

I: Gwyl, many thanks.

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Bandana making

Students from Truro College Art & Design Saturday Club were set a 3 week project creating bandana’s that followed a garden inspired theme.
Week 1 – natural dyes and shibori techniques
Transforming plain cotton into vibrant, patterned fabric. Vegetables/matter that would normally be discarded in the compost heap were recycled ;  such as Red onions skins, cabbage and tea bags.
Week 2 – Leaf printing
Using leafs collected from students own gardens patterns were printed onto their pre dyed fabrics .
Week 3- Embroidered bugs
Small bugs and insects designed by students were brought to life as they experimented with machine and hand embroidery.

And here are the final results!

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Art & Design Saturday Club London Trip 2017


Members of the Truro College Art & Design Saturday Club made their annual pilgrimage to the capital last weekend to make, and see, lots of art.
The students first visited St Martins to do two activities, one centred on drawing buildings and then self-portraits. Following a talk from Lego
Global Head of Environmental Responsibility and Engagement, Cecila Wreckström they then went on to create tracing paper houses which were added to an installation, during this task the students worked with other club members from around the country, fostering teamwork and collaboration.
After lunch they then took a guided tour of the Tate Modern, followed by a visit to see the Master Monoprints at Bankside.
Finally, the students filled up on fast food on their way back to Cornwall, a tired but happy bunch.

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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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National Saturday Art Club London Trip 2016

A few photos from the recent trip to London. Students took part in the Big Draw at Central St. Martins and a visit to the Courtould Gallery.

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