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Patterned Perfection

Year two Extended Diploma art and design students seen working on their block printed repeat patterns, using cut lino and inks.
The designs were inspired by a recent visit to the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro.

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SATURDAY ART CLUB

Places are now available on the @truro_penwith Saturday Art Club. Run for 13-16 year old students wanting to get creative, it is an ideal opportunity to try new art form and techniques in our weekly workshops. Run by qualified lecturers and visiting artists from across the UK the possibilities for creativity are endless. Join us and get arty!
… for more information please contact Michelle Pearce 01872 267030

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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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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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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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