Category Archives: Truro College Art and Design

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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Carol O`Toole Oil Painting Workshop

A Level students enjoyed their first day of oil painting with local artist Carol O’Toole on Saturday 2nd Dec. The students were introduced to some principles of oil painting and were encouraged to explore colour mixing using a limited range of colours.
We couldn’t believe the results from day one, we cannot wait to see what they achieve next week! Amazing work, well done!

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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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CAST Studios Visit

The second year Extended Diploma in Art & Design students from the Fine Art and Design Pathways visited CAST Studios in Helston this Monday. This was at the invitation of Groundwork, a three-year project that will bring outstanding international art and artists to Cornwall. The students received a tour of the building then visited artists Nicola Bealing and Ben Sanderson in their studios. Following a delicious lunch provided by Dom, the chef at CAST café, the students engaged in a practical workshop that focused on experimental approaches to drawing.

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Elizabeth Loveday Workshop

Former Truro College art student Lizzie Loveday recently ran a workshop for us – she has been made the Liberty Textiles Artist in Focus for their new Haberdashery – with a whole wall in their London store featuring her work! V exciting! Lizzie spent the day working with A-level students helping them produce some lovely work.
Participating student Kieran Roberts said –  “Lizzie was so insightful about pursuing a career within the Arts. She was really encouraging and it was really interesting to hear about her experience of studying Illustration at Art College. I really enjoyed the day and am really pleased with the outcome, I have certainly extended my skills!”
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PDBE Egg Drop `17

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Its that time of year again when 1st year A-Level Product Design & the Built Environment students take to the skies. Well their egg pilots do, and that`s no `yolk`.
After some `egg-citing` times in the workshop, constructing balloons, gliders & prop-planes, we `scrambled` to launch the craft from the third floor balcony. `Om-let` me tell you the excitement was palpable. The various winged vehicles flew (and plumpeted) ground-wards at varying rates of speed. Some pilots were dashed, they literally `cracked` under pressure. Others survived to fly another day.
All in the name of design, teamwork and good, clean fun.

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Lightpainting

Second year Extended Diploma students tried their hand at Lightpainting this week. The technique involves using a digital stills camera set at a slow shutter speed to capture the trails light makes when moved in front of the lens. By controlling the aperture and shutter speed you can get some awesome effects simply using a few torches and fairy lights.

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Stop Motion Set Design

Our design students on the UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design have been working together to create sets for stop motion animation.

Given a basic setting, scenario and era, they have worked in pairs and threes to build these miniature sets using readily available materials. The sets are no larger than 50cm in any direction and some employ forced perspective techniques to create the illusion of larger spaces.

See photos below of the finish, and stunning, work.

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Axisweb – Artist of the Month – our own Robin Dowell

Our very own lecturer in 3D, Robin Dowell, has been selected as Axisweb artist of the month for October. Read the article here.

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Macabre Models

Inspired by collaborative drawings & responding to the theme of the Exquisite Corpse, our 2nd yr ED students have developed fabric & created characters. Translating the expression and personality through selection of fabric and the application of a range of techniques including machine and hand stitch techniques.

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