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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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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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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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Art Academy Monoprints

Students from the print making Art Academy class have been creating these fabulous mono-prints over the past week, with stunning results.

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Some examples of the work done in this weeks Study Plus using etching plates and prints.

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Printmaking Study plus

Our print tech Amy Lanyon has just started running her 1st study plus class in printmaking and here are some of the results from week one.
1st and 2nd year Art and Design students produced some great experimental mono prints yesterday afternoon.
Here’s a selection of what they produced. Next week they will be starting the etching process.

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Christmas Card Screen Printing Workshop


I know Christmas is a while off yet but it`s never to early to start preparing you stack of Xmas cards right?

Well if that`s the way you feel about it then get yourself along to our workshop. It`s taking place on Sat 18th October at the White building in Truro. You will get to design and print original cards with the help of our printmaking expert Amy Lanyon. And all for the small sum of £45. Bargain.

To book you place call 01872 265800.

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Meet the Staff – Amy Lanyon – Printmaker

You`ve seen what we do and what our students do, so now its time to meet some of the talented folks who run the show.
First up is our art and print technician extraordinaire – Amy Lanyon.

“My work evolves from a sequence of processes and exploration of media to produce primarily shape based and abstract compositions. None of my pieces are named and this is for a reason. I want the viewer to interpret the piece themselves, without me influencing them. Part of my enjoyment of producing abstract pieces is to listen to how my work makes people feel, so by leaving my pieces anonymous, I know that I am not influencing their thoughts.”

Her fabulous work can be seen at her website here. Or if you are coming to Truro College next September you can say Hi! in person.

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Naomi Frears – Studio visit

On Saturday the 14th of June local Artist Naomi Frears kindly opened the doors to her studio, to any of our interested students to experience a real Artists studio, see her work first hand and discuss the realities of being a full time Fine Artist, an extremely enjoyable and illuminating experience! Thanks again to Naomi for extreme generosity and encouragement of our students.

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