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Altered States – photomontage

Our 2nd year L3 Extended Diploma students spend a term studying an extra skill, one of these is photographic techniques.
These range from digital portraits to darkroom skills and this week – photomontage.
The students looked at work from Dadaism, Hockney, Angret Soltau and John Stezaker as inspiration for their pieces. They then took digital images and overworked them in various ways. Using colour, mixed media and sewing they created a range of outcomes in a style of their choice.
The results above show great creativity and understanding, nice job!

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Oils Workshop

Local Artist Carol O’Toole led the first session of a two day oil painting workshop (running two consecutive Saturdays).
Carol led Fine Art A Level students through the basics, including materials, processes and colour mixing.
The results from day one were astounding! Well done students, thanks Carol, same time next week?! Can’t wait!

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Carol O`Toole Oil Painting Workshop pt2

The results of the second day of the oil painting workshop speak for themselves! We were so impressed with the progress all of our students made under the expert tutelage of Carol. Most students had never worked in oils and it was extremely inspiring to witness there fearlessness and ambition in approaching their task. The room was awash with vibrant colour, however you could have heard a pin drop, such was the concentration! Well… if that’s what our students can achieve after only two days, we have a real treat in store over the coming months!

We must again express our gratitude to Carol, whose professionalism, gentle humour, knowledge, warmth and enthusiasm for our students progress made each day a sheer pleasure!

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Page Turner – Turning heads

On from now until this Sat 27th May, 3pm – Page Turner.

A celebration of great student art from Truro College, Cornwall.

Take yourself down to Lemon Quay Piazza in Truro and become inspired by the wealth of talent on display.

From fine art to jewelry, from architecture to graphics design, and everything in between.

Our 12th annual show, Page Turner.

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further fine art

This week our exhibition space is once again filled with fab works of fine art. This time its the work of the 2nd year ND fine artists. And yet again another fine display of eclectic art works covering print, photography, painting and sculpture.

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A-level Fine Art

On display this week in our exhibition space is work by the 2nd year A-level fine art students. Ranging from sketches, oils and prints the work shows off some of the students skills honed over the past year and a half.

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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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Truro College welcomes new RBA Scholars

Truro College art students, Stan Welch and Elisha Keyworth, are presently exhibiting their paintings at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London. This is thanks to the encouraging support of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) and NADFAS South West offer young artist here in Cornwall.


This year fifty six NADFAS Societies supported the venture and they submitted a staggering 368 images of original student work including paintings, ceramics and sculpture. The challenge was for RBA President James Horton and his fellow council members to pick a number of pieces, which combined the highest levels of skill, expression and draughtsmanship.
Stan and Elisha’s work is not only being displayed alongside those of professional artists at the Mall Galleries in London from 11-21 March, but has also been on show at the RBA’s RISING STARS exhibition at Lloyds Registry Gallery in the City of London.
Stan’s self portrait won the RBA 2015 John Ingram prize, which in 2010 was won by Truro College student India Bunce. By happy coincidence, India was exhibiting at the same RBA show this year, but now as a professional artist. India has recently graduated from Edinburgh after studying Fine Art Painting for three years. She has been awarded the title of ‘One to Watch’ by the RBA and clearly has a successful career ahead of her.

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Julian Opie Style Self Portraits

AS Illustration Graphics students have been practising their vector drawing skills by rendering their own Julian Opie style portraits.
We think you’ll agree, they look pretty good!
So we decorated the computer room walls with our results.

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A Level Art and Design London Art Trip 2014

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Students and Staff had an amazing time on the A Level Art and Design London Art Trip 2014.

A  jam packed series of gallery visits meant that students and staff were creatively invigorated if not physically and mentally exhausted!

We traveled up by train stayed at Beit Hall right next to the Albert Hall! Then it was straight on to the Galleries!

Day 1. Visit to the Pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery an amazing, contemporary Architectural structure! National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Courtauld Gallery, then a quick trip through China Town on our way to the Whitechapel Gallery and First Thursdays, an exciting event where all the hippest independent Galleries in the East End stay open till late!

Day 2. The Royal Academy Summer Show – Everyone’s favourite! Cork Street, Tate Modern – the amazing Matisse show!
Jean Paul Gautier at the Barbican, truly inspiring for our fashion students!

Day 3. Natural History Museum a brilliant resource for drawing, the V&A for the Glamour of Italian Fashion show, and the Barbican for the Digital Revolution show!

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“Tate Modern photo. Silhouettes of Lily and Joanna, post viewing the fantastic Matisse show which was full of colour and fun, and reminded me of the joy of art and the power of natural lines, shapes and colours. Thank you for a fabulous trip, so glad I came.”  Imogen Allen

Students also went shopping and visited different exhibitions as well! Phew, how did we do it all?! The first night almost everyone went to the Lahore Kebab House for one of the finest Curries the East End has to offer, everyone agreed this was almost worth the Trip alone! Special thanks to the Curator at the Illustration Cupboard who let some of our students handle the amazing etchings in the collection, many of them worth tens of thousands of pounds! An exciting if not daunting experience!

Yet again this was a truly inspiring trip where students were inspired, not only by the Art, but by the environment and different cultures, also lots of new friendships were made!

“My Favourite thing was the Matisse Exhibition at Tate Modern – He’s a renowned fine artist with no fear of pattern or colour, probably the best exhibition I’ve ever seen.” Minnie Bunce

“I had an amazing time in London, I was able to make many new friends, eat lots of delicious food, have the amazing opportunity to visit many beautiful galleries & exhibits, & be inspired by London itself and it’s art & design.” Chui Yee Lee

Can’t wait to do it all over again next year!

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