Category Archives: Sculpture

further fine art

This week our exhibition space is once again filled with fab works of fine art. This time its the work of the 2nd year ND fine artists. And yet again another fine display of eclectic art works covering print, photography, painting and sculpture.

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South West Showcase

 

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Part two of the South West Showcase will see Stuart Robinson produce new work specifically with The Gallery space in mind. Utilising ideas and themes developed through his recent practice, such as signage, props, scale and modelmaking, Stuart will create sculptural installations featuring frameworks, structures and illuminated elements that explore our experience of the everyday and how the world is presented to us.

The work will explore familiar shapes, colour and materials from our daily encounters with media, signs and surroundings, as well as specific inspirations from Plymouth itself.

Stuart Robinson is a mixed media sculptural installation artist currently living and working in Penryn, Cornwall. Having studied Fine Art at the University of East London, Stuart relocated to Cornwall and lectures on the Foundation Diploma Art & Design at Truro College.

His practice explores imagery and inspiration from a wide range of sources across art, media, landscape and popular culture digested and condensed into object and form. He has shown across the UK and internationally and has just published the book ‘Ham Fisted Half Cocked’, exploring his work.

Find out more here – INFO

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Beyond Truro College – Alastair Heywood


Next up is locally born and now Illogan based ceramic artist Alastair Heywood.

2008 marked the end to my five year sentence at Redruth School and having no intention of staying at sixth form for round two Truro College seemed like an oasis in the parched desert. I knew I liked art so there was no question as to whether I’d study it. I had Tristan and Louise for my first year at college and aside from both being hilarious they taught me to paint. To stop drawing what I thought was there and actually see.

A year into my a levels I dropped my subjects and pursued the two year National Diploma in art and design, Bernadette Gaffney, Paul Ziemacki and Robin Dowell were all wonderful tutors and I had the privilege of their frank and measured advice at every turn. However, it is Anne Thomas to whom I owe the most, she introduced me to clay. Glazes, engobes, slab building, throwing, it was all fascinating and the alchemic nature of the subject appealed to me.

Three years of continuous experimentation, a smattering of A/s levels and a triple distinction later I was being offered places from all of the universities to which I’d applied. Well, nearly all (I went to Wimbledon for a painting interview and came away with an offer for sculpture instead. Funny really).

I now have a degree in ceramic design from Central Saint Martins, as well pieces in both private collections and that of the University of the Arts London. I also have a studio in Illogan in which I can be found either up to my eyeballs in clay, quietly drawing, or printmaking.

My brief stint at Truro helped me work out what facets of design truly interested me, and contributed to the confidence that allowed me to apply to the universities that I did. If I were to do it again I’d hope that my experience wasn’t wildly different and that the smell of developer from the darkroom in Mylor still drifts down the hall and masks the gents.

You can view examples of Alastairs work via his website HERE.

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Paper Christmas Decorations

3D Mixed Media Study Plus created a range of hand-made Christmas decorations for the Christmas Tree in the foyer of the White Building this year.
The study plus group created origami paper stars from festive Christmas musical paper attached with rustic brown paper twine. Tom Ayling created a festive pudding theme paper from hand drawn designs edited on photoshop and printed in repeat, to create the other paper origami stars. The students also created wire and tyvek baubles using a heat manipulation technique and heat gun.
The big star feature on the top of the tree is a larger complicated 3D paper star made by Lowenna Symons and Ross Freeborn.
The students chose to follow a theme of icy blues and whites for this years tree.

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Foundation Diploma: Work in Progress

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A selection of work by Foundation Diploma Art & Design students from their latest project. The brief was to explore a personal investigation of ‘Personal Space’ developing ideas and exploring these within all the areas of the course; Fine Art, Textural Surfaces, Visual Communication, Printmaking, and 3D.

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Watch out the fluffs have arrived!

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The new Product Design & Built Environment students try their hand at prototype modelling. Just a few weeks in and they have designed a miniature point of sale using Solidworks which is an industry standard CAD software package. Once designed they transfer the files to the laser for cutting while having ago at traditional shaping techniques. Next step will be the use of emerging technologies to create new buildings and products.
The students are collectively known as fluffs. A name they have gained from being taught by the only remaining lecture, our very own Sean Dugan, in the country to be found sporting the 80’s mullet hairstyle.
Now turn up the hair metal, dust off the spandex and lets do some design!

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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 – Melissa Rolfe


The second in our series on past students who have gone on to work in the art & design industry

Melissa Rolfe – Freelance Prop Maker and Painter for Theatre, Events and T.V.
Studied at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Theatre Design course)

It was back in 2010 that I moved on from Truro College. From start to finish the course encouraged me to push boundaries, experiment with materials and think outside the box. These are life long skills and I use them most days in my profession today. The staff at the college helped me to transform my dream of working in theatre to become a reality.

Contact
Tel: 07936565713
m.c.rolfe00@gmail.com

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Meet the Staff – Stuart Robinson – 3D

You`ve seen what we do and what our students do, so now its time to meet some of the talented folks who run the show.
This time its our top technician and 3D guru Stuart Robinson who is based at our Tregye campus.


His work can be viewed on his website here or at his upcoming show in Falmouth at the Fish Factory.

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Horizons – the countdown begins.

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This time next week the department will be busy on Truro Plaza setting up the show.
Preperation continues apace here at college with piles of plinths ready to go and artwork being readied for exhibition.

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