On Friday the 4th of November A level students studying Product Design & The Built Environment had the opportunity to meet two highly regarded Architects. Jennifer Dixon (Architecture Lead) For AECOM ( One of the Worlds Largest Architecture and Infrastructure Companies), and Mark Elton Director for Cowen Eco Design and UK Specialist for Passivhaus and sustainable design. 14 dedicated students came to college on their day off to listen to talks by both, about their experiences in the industry followed by a question and answer session which was very enlightening.
Both Jennifer and Mark were invited to review 2nd year architectural projects and give highly valued feedback to the students, last year Jennifer also helped organise a once in a life time visit to Grimshaws Architectural practice in NYC where students where able to see some of the worlds leading architectural projects happening in real time.
When asked to comment about the student’s work Jennifer said ” The outputs in the studio and the level of design thinking are clearly well beyond the normal expectations of an A level study program” Mark Elton when asked the same reflected the positive comments made by his peer adding “Having been invited to Truro to review students’ progress on the architecture module led by Sean Dugan, I was delighted to also get the chance to introduce them to the Passivhaus design standard as well. I was really impressed with their awareness of the issues surrounding sustainable design and the ambition of their projects. For those students wishing to advance to architectural careers, this course will give them an incredible foundation for the challenges facing them in architecture school. Gwrys yn ta pubonan! / Well done everyone!”
Circuit/Tate – ‘A Sense of Self’ – Fine Art Photography Workshop with A Level students.
During the half term break A level students had the pleasure of working alongside artist Oliver Raymond-Barker in an exciting three day Fine Art & Photography workshop which culminated in a visit to the Tate St Ives current show on photography ‘The Modern Lens’. Students worked in a range of mixed media including, paint, stitch, photograms, gold leaf and digitally! The results were so good they have been invited to exhibit their work in a temporary display in the Tate alongside the current exhibition, during Young at Tate on Saturday the 15th of November. Definitely worth a visit!
Well done to all the students, below is some of their finished images.
These occasional posts will introduce past Truro College Art & Design students who have gone on to work in the world of art.
Harriet Poznansky is a London based Artist / Writer / Musician . Graduating from The Slade School of Fine Art in 2014.
Harriet grew up in the country side near St.Ives Cornwall, as one of seven musical children. Eager to evolve her artistic practice she moved to London in 2008.
Harriet studied A-level fine art here at Truro and has gone onto be a successful painter.
The A-level Textiles and Fashion students have been treated to an amazing redesign of their studio base with purpose built dress form storage and additional sewing stations to feed their creativity for 2014-15.
We look forward to the results their new creative space will inspire.
A big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make it happen especially; Sean for the original idea, and Amy, Alex, Reece and Stuart for their technical support.
Minnie Bunce is an A2 Illustration and Fine Art student. Working in collaboration with Uneeka on this project allowed Minnie to incorporate her illustrative style on a much larger scale.
HERE COMES SUMMER is a design taken from Minnie’s A2 Fine Art project. The window designs were originally inspired by the lively, colourful, beautiful mess that comes about in a big family house when the season changes and summer is on the HORIZON.
This weeks Student Showcase is A-level Fine Art student Orlando Gaffney-Hyde.
1st year student Orlando is a fan of oil painting, collage and lino print all with a hint of the abstract about them. Taking his inspiration from the artwork of Winifred Nicholson and John Piper Orlandos current work is centred on cutting things out from view to leave an abstract work. This leaves his landscapes devoid of information and detail made of form, colours and shape.
Once he finishes here at Truro College he plans to go on to Falmouth to study a Foundation in Art where he plans to continue with his art and explore film making.
Orlando would like to thank the art department here at Truro College and give special thanks to Jo, Tristan, Louise and Bernadette for their continued help.
Day 1 of oil painting workshop with local Cornish artist Carol O’Toole.
Fine Art A-level students were offered the opportunity to work in oil paint alongside local artist Carol O’Toole this week. Students were introduced to the basic principles of this diverse medium, working with limited palettes and exploring paint mixing. Students worked from still lives which they devised as a response to Masters works, producing amazing results by the end of day one.
It will be exciting to see what they achieve by the end of day 2! Well done everyone.
Thanks Again Carol, and watch this space for the next post.
Drawing in wire. The line you never rub out!
A level students attending ‘Study Plus’ Life Drawing, didn’t need rubbers for their drawings this week as they were drawing with wire!
Inspired by the below image by Alexander Calder students manipulated wire taped to paper to create these continuos line drawings, which resulted in these confident ‘graphic’ images!