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AROUND THE DEPARTMENT 8/11


This week second year Design Pathway students on the Extended Diploma did a workshop with set designer @scenographer_fiona_chivers following a visit to @breezeartmakersfair. The students worked with Fiona to develop their initial ideas for a live brief they are doing, to create a set design for La Bohēme, as part of the Design Challenge run by @royaloperahouse. Thank you to all involved.
Second Year FdA Silversmithing and Jewellery students were practicing their engraving.
Foundation Art & Design students @truro_penwith learnt about creative use of destructive techniques by manipulating negatives in the dark room as part of their Serendipity brief.
Foundation Art and Design Ideas and Concepts students @truro_penwith were taken out of their comfort zone during an experimental drawing task using their bodies… the results were great!
And some amazing drawings produced in the Life Drawing Art Academy this week also.
#artanddesign #drawing #foundationart #experimental #SILVERSMITHING #photography #setdesign #design #scenography #art #lifedrawing #drawing #painting #lifemodel

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Photograhic-ah!


Foundation Art & Design students @truro_penwith with their ‘Chemigram’ experiments manipulating photographic chemicals and household materials as part of their Serendipity brief…
Whilst Access to Art & Design students @truro_penwith have been working on Microclick images as part of their Photography unit.
Great and unusual results!

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Work in progress…


2nd Year Extended Diploma Art & Design students @truro_penwith exhibiting work for their first assessment #artanddesign #fineart #extendeddiplomaart #painting #sculpture

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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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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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iterative repetition

PDBE students have got all iterative!!!
Iterative: a procedure in which repetition of a sequence of operations yields results successively closer to a desired result.
PDBE students have made beautiful sketches from their workshop models and SolidWorks drawings, making observational studies which they gradually stylised. These drawings will then be used to inform further models and SolidWorks designs, very iterative!

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Drawing as investigation – Negative Space.


What if we drew what wasn’t there? Why do we always draw around things? These are some of the questions the Access Art and Design students asked themselves in the ‘Negative Space’ Lesson. Students were encouraged to work like Matisse cutting the negative spaces out of black paper to create simple collages which explored negative space. Students also created quick pencil and ink studies exploring the same approach. A simple a quick exercise which turns observational drawing on its head! These quick studies resulted in outcomes with huge design potential!

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Solar Eclipse of the Art


Today we witnessed a partial solar eclipse here in Cornwall.
Both students and staff spent time observing the phenomenon (safely) using various methods.
Here are some images of what we got up to.

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Pinhole Perfection


Well it`s nearly half-term here at Truro College and everyone’s been busy being creative over the past few weeks.
The photography class has spent this time learning and practicing analogue photography skills such as photograms, using the 35mm film SLR`s and these beautiful pinhole images.
Pinhole photography is a simple technique that is difficult to master. Using only ambient light and cameras made from a box with no lens, creating the images can be a bit of trial and error but when it works the results, like those above, can be awesome.

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Meet the Staff – Alex Woodhouse – Photography Technician

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.
Today its the turn of our photographic technician – Alex Woodhouse.

Alex is a self taught photographer with a passion for all genre`s. He loves caputring action sports photography, landscapes and everything in between. He is currently working on a project documenting the mining landscape around west Cornwall and his work can been seen on his blog site here.

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