Tag Archives: Level 3 Extended Diploma

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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Verbal Art Show

As we head into the final few days of term and the academic year our 1st year Extended Diploma students have `wowed` us one last time.
Each year they are set a finally transition project to link them into year two of the course, and it takes the form of the students `illustrating` a verb with their own artwork.
This year they have smashed it, with the best collection of thoughtful and inspiring pieces we`ve yet seen.
Their second year looks set to be a good one.

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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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