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Bandana making

Students from Truro College Art & Design Saturday Club were set a 3 week project creating bandana’s that followed a garden inspired theme.
Week 1 – natural dyes and shibori techniques
Transforming plain cotton into vibrant, patterned fabric. Vegetables/matter that would normally be discarded in the compost heap were recycled ;  such as Red onions skins, cabbage and tea bags.
Week 2 – Leaf printing
Using leafs collected from students own gardens patterns were printed onto their pre dyed fabrics .
Week 3- Embroidered bugs
Small bugs and insects designed by students were brought to life as they experimented with machine and hand embroidery.

And here are the final results!

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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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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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TENTh – showcasing our talent!

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Its that time of year again where we at Truro College Art & Design department take over Lemon Quay, Truro, for our annual show.
This is our tenth year, hence the name, and we grow from strength to strength each year. This, I think, is our best yet. From fine art to fashion, 3D desig to graphics, ceramics to photography, its all on show for all to see. There is such a wealth of talent here in Cornwall, and it is such a great way of showing it off to you the public. I hope it inspires and amazes in equal measure.
So, if you are in the area, PLEASE pop in to our big tent of art on the piazza, have a mooch around and enjoy the multitude of art on display!

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Beyond Truro College – Amy Lanyon

Next in our series on past students is our very own screen print technician and artist Amy Lanyon –

“I studied A-level Art at Truro College between 1999 and 2001. During my time there I had to make lots of decisions about the direction of my future and with the fantastic support of the lecturers and tutors I was able to make informed choices that lead me to where I am now, successfully working as an independent artist and designer.”

“My one-off original screen prints evolve from a sequence of processes and exploration of media to produce primarily shape-based and abstract compositions. None of my pieces are named because I want people to interpret the piece themselves, without being influenced by me. Part of my enjoyment of producing abstract pieces is to find out how my work makes people feel, so by leaving my pieces anonymous, I know that I am not influencing their thoughts. I was brought up surrounded by inspirational artwork, my grandfather was the St.Ives artist Peter Lanyon, and so I don’t think I could have avoided being influenced by artists such as Barbara Hepworth and Sir Terry Frost. In 1999 I was lucky enough to meet and interview Sir Terry Frost and I was utterly in awe of his work and his stories behind them.”

You can view more of Amy`s stunning prints online via her website HERE.

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SUMMER SCHOOL ART CLUB

Summer School flyer

Summer school is on once more here at the college. Get in touch for more details HERE

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New from the Students


The students here at Truro College have been hard at work over this past half-term and have produced some fab art for all to see above.
With UCAS and exam deadlines to deal with the quality of work shows no sign of slacking, but just keeps improving!
Well done to all.

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