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steel sculpture

3d Design Extended Diploma student Felix has made a mild steel sculptural piece of work as part of his course.

This work has been inspired by and references a support section of a roof designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano.

Felix collaborated with the welding apprentices at Truro college to produce the work which has been made by radius bending and MIG welding 8mm Mild Steel.

Felix is now considering how the object will be finished, displayed and documented and is already thinking about making new work for the course developing on these new skills he has acquired.

With Special thanks to all the workshop team and apprentices at Seaton for supporting Felix in his project.

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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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Student Art Showcase


Some stunning work from the Level 1 and 2 art students, taken from their first two projects based on ‘everyday objects’ shown through 2D & 3D images. The students have learnt about a variety of skills for 2D; painting, mixed media, mark-making… and 3D; relief work, sculpture using cardboard and wire.
The learners have then used artists research to develop the projects using their own choice of media and techniques. They have worked hard and I am very proud of their outcomes.

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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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geometric forms

Second Year Design students on the UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design recently visited Royal Cornwall Museum on a research trip.
Responding to the incredible mineral collections there, they developed a series of geometric forms which suggest the crystalline structures to which they refer. Developing skills with brazing, casting, construction and reductive techniques, the students created their own collections of forms.

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Creative Contours

Product Design and the Built Environment A Level students were asked to consider the nature of contour lines this week.
What is a contour line? How does a contour line differ from an outline? How can an understanding of contours be built into our design practice and construction techniques?
Students built upon Da Vinci’s advice to students to trace through glass to understand perspective. They also explored what shadows can tell us, with exciting results!

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Patterned Perfection

Year two Extended Diploma art and design students seen working on their block printed repeat patterns, using cut lino and inks.
The designs were inspired by a recent visit to the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro.

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Breeze Art and Makers Fair – Discover Making Day

Breeze Art and Makers Fair CIC has a mission to get young people to explore the possibilities of training and a career in design and craft. On Friday our students enjoyed a series of presentations by makers at different points in their careers who told their stories of how they discovered making and how they learned their skills.

The students heard from –

Matt Foster
Matt will be demonstrating throwing and making work while he gives his presentation. Matt is in his third year as an apprentice at Leach Pottery St Ives. He has been awarded a QEST scholarship and he is the oldest of the group. Foster studied fine art at Kent University 2004-2006. He went on to work for Joseph Clarke at the Millennium Gallery in St Ives. At the Millennium, he worked alongside a collection of exciting contemporary artists, many of whom are local to the area. In October 2015, Matt joined the Leach Pottery as the second Seasalt Bursary Apprentice, giving him the opportunity to learn and work alongside a talented and diverse production team. ‘This environment and opportunity allow me to develop my personal work.’
Millie Melborne
Millie is a recent Fashion and textile Graduate of Falmouth College. She has radical ideas about making sustainable and flexible garments and has set up her company OBWear studio in Bristol ‘My work is an ongoing seemingly never-ending exploration of the intimate relationship human bodies have with cloth objects and clothing. Focusing on how we get in and out, wrapping, folding, slotting, pulling, rolling, tying, transforming. Always striving to express the craftsmanship of working with textiles. Encouraging positive engagement and awareness in the relationships towards the objects in our lives and designing to prolong, play and celebrate the character each object can hold.’
Ellie Carr-Smith
Ellie is a freelance Designer/ Artist, after graduating in 2017 in Product Design at The University of Edinburgh. She is currently involved in a new innovative start-up design exhibition called, ‘Design Exhibition Scotland.’ This involves being part of a creative collaborative group of established designers, discussing and challenging the existing divides between art, craft and design. Her aim is to create meaningful objects which highlight alternative materials and manufacturing methods aiming towards more sustainable alternatives for everyday products. She has created an experimental material, comprising of wool fibre and potato starch, that has a range of properties from soft/flexible to rigid/dense, which is compostable and can be combined with plant-based natural dyes to provide a variety of colours.
Caja Trevorrow
Caja is starting her third year on the BA Artists Blacksmith’s course at Hereford & Ludlow College. She will be talking about challenging norms and bringing contemporary ideas to the rich tradition of blacksmithing. Her course encompasses a breadth of practice from architectural design to interior product and sculpture, all made from hot forged metal. She will talk about her future options and the road travelled so far.
Will she become a self-employed practitioner; setting up design studios and workshops, and producing work ranging from large-scale exterior forged metalwork to small gallery objects or a journeymen working for smiths across the world, or postgraduate study?
Discover Making Day has been brought to students with the support of The Arts Society, Patricia Fay Memorial Fund, Cornwall College and Truro & Penwith College, Hereford College of Arts, The Leach Pottery and Breeze Art and Makers CIC.
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SATURDAY ART CLUB

Places are now available on the @truro_penwith Saturday Art Club. Run for 13-16 year old students wanting to get creative, it is an ideal opportunity to try new art form and techniques in our weekly workshops. Run by qualified lecturers and visiting artists from across the UK the possibilities for creativity are endless. Join us and get arty!
… for more information please contact Michelle Pearce 01872 267030

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Student Success (again)

Congratulations (once again) to James Francis-King for winning the award for best Post 16 Graphic Design at this year’s CreatEd; this is the second time James has won this award. CreatEd is a showcase of creative work by GCSE and A Level students across Cornwall, in categories including fine art, product design, creative writing and film.
Shown below is his award winning designs all based on travel and film. Impressive stuff.

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