Tag Archives: Drawing

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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Look Drawing


Access Art and Design students have been thinking about the relationship between looking and drawing. Why do we look at the page when we draw? What happens to our drawing if we don’t look at it whilst we make it? How do we coordinate the journey of our ‘minds eye’ with our hand? The resulting drawings had a directness and honesty which was very compelling.

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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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Energised Tone


Access students were asked to create ‘energised surfaces’ using a built up and scattered array of marks.
It was fascinating to see how each students sample varied. The individual quality of each surface confirmed the idea that each persons drawn marks are as distinct as their handwriting!
Students then worked into these ‘surfaces’ building their drawings on top of these ‘energised’ marks!
The below images show close up photos of energised their marks.

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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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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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Bakers Dozen – selected postcard images 2018


Only a few weeks to go before we host our annual art and design show on the piazza in Truro.
Each year the show wows crowds and us alike. Showcasing the best creative talent from our department from graphic design to fine art and everything in between.
The thirteen (Bakers Dozen – this being our 13th show!) images here have all been selected to adorn our postcard series this year, each one representing the various course paths in a stunning visual.
These will be available to collect at the show, so head on down from the 22nd May, to Lemon Quay Piazza, Truro, Cornwall and take a look at our students creations. You won`t be disappointed.

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Gwyl Lewis : Moku Hanga (Japanese woodcut) workshop interview

We interviewed one of our Art & Design Lecturers Gwyl Lewis about a recent Moku Hanga (Japanese woodcut) day workshop he ran a Truro College.

I: What is Moku Hanga?

G: Simply it is the Japanese form of woodcut, though we do look at other water based woodcut traditions, but the Japanese have developed this form to highly sophisticated art form.

I: How Does it differ from western woodcut?

G: Its main difference is the printing with water based inks as opposed to oil based inks, which makes it a safer way of printing, so good for health and safety and ecologically sound.

I: Does Moku Hanga have any other special attributes?

G: Yes the Japanese didn’t use Printing presses, so printed by hand, which makes it ideal for the amateur artist, with very little outlay on equipment.

I: How did you start doing this form of printmaking?

G: I Had several Japanese tutors over the years , but I suppose being a student of Rebecca Salter Britain’s leading expert on Moku Hanga (she has publish several books on subject) while I was studying for my Printmaking M.A. Also my own researches, I have been running workshops in Moku Hanga since the late 1990s in Art schools and other venues.

I: Do you have to have to be artistically knowledgeable to do your day workshop?

G: Not at all. A willingness to learn something new, one of the good aspects of printmaking, is that it is a process based art form, while people  are concentrating on the process they forget erroneous notions that they can’t draw etc, and in fact they are always surprised by the outcome when they peel back the paper there is a good print design it’s a kind of magic one never gets tired of. I run the course so beginners, and persons with some printmaking knowledge, will all gain from the workshop.

I: This sounds exciting are you going to be running another workshop in the near future?

G: Yes, on Saturday 10th February.

I: How would you join in?

G: If you contact Part-time courses at Truro College on 01872 265800, they will give you some information on enrolling.

I: Do you run any other printmaking courses ?

G: Yes, I run two adult education evening courses. One on introductory printmaking course, and printmaking master class starting very soon. Also a one day wood engraving course later in the term, all of which Part -time courses have more info on.

I: Gwyl, many thanks.

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