Tag Archives: Level 3 Extended Diploma

Solargraphy: Ultra Long Exposure Photography

Some of our second year ED students on the fine arts pathway have been doing some experiments with long exposure photography called “Solargraphy”.

The technique uses a pinhole camera loaded with photo sensitive paper. This is then secured in a location facing the path of the sun, and left en situ for a number of weeks. In this case these two fine examples had an exposure time of 12 weeks.

The results when inverted in Photoshop (photos on RHS) look stunning and show the transit of the sun very clearly along with landscape details.

Great stuff.

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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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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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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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GO, GO, Go – Induction day 2017

And so it begins. 1st years are in and on the go. Their first task was team building a shelter from paper and tape. Some interesting ideas and outcomes shown below!

Lessons start in earnest tomorrow. The year has begun, let the art commence.

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armour for humans

Currently in his second year of the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design, Rico Jordi-Slater has a fascination for armour. Having recently created a metal hand piece (pictured) from reclaimed sheet materials including an old cymbal, Rico is now exploring equivalents in the natural world. Working with a batch production process, Rico has cast multiple plaster horse shoe crabs, hand tinting each one with a mixture of inks and paints. Intrigued by their blue blood, which is harvested from many horse shoe crabs because of its medical applications, Rico has even gone to the length of tinting the plaster to reflect this. He is now exploring how their forms might be appropriated to create a visually exciting wearable armour for humans.

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ED Photography Classes

A few examples of what the second year Extended Diploma students have been producing during photography workshops.

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Eden Project Trip

Our entire first year Level 3 art and design Diploma students enjoyed a working visit to the Eden Project. This provided them with a fantastic opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich, exciting and diverse environments that Eden offers. It was a beautifully atmospheric day, full of autumnal colour set against a backdrop of grey stillness. During the day they produced a body of work that will be extended and developed for their Environment project upon their return to college. The students produced drawings and designs and took many photographs that examined the diversity of Eden’s collection of plants and artworks displayed within the varied environments and climates.

Photography by Robin Dowell and Alex Woodhouse

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Exquisite Corpse – Print on Plaster

One of the challenges of teaching printmaking to the design students on the Extended Diploma course has been trying to find ways of making it relate to the 3D and sculptural element of the pathway. The first brief the students worked on was character design using the surrealist game Exquisite Corpse as a starting point. One of the traditional print methods the students explored was etching. Working from characters that had be created in previous sessions students prepared and printed their whole character.  These plates were then cut up into three sections again and rearranged to create further weird and wonderful characters. To extend this idea further each plate was inked up again and made into a cube, into which plaster was poured. Once the plaster had dried the plates were removed revealing the transferred designs. The idea was that the blocks could be stacked and rearrange in a multitude of different ways. This method of making 3 dimensional forms in print as also been extended to other forms of printing such as monotype, card relief and collagraph printing.

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Photogrammetry

ring wood

Jess Hannell, a UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design student, created a hollow ring in balsa as part of a body adornment project. Done in response to a visit to Trelissick House and Garden, Cornwall, and based on structural elements of the National Trust property’s solarium. Jess developed a series of pieces to be worn on the finger resulting in this final structure.

This piece was then painstakingly recorded by Jason Miller, Applied Media BA student, using a techniques called photogrammetry. The resultant model can be viewed at the following link HERE.

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