Tag Archives: Truro College Art

drawing with scissors

Drawing with Scissors, lessons from Matisse.

‘He said he was drawing with scissors, cutting directly into colour, abolishing the conflicts – between colour and line’

Access students channelled their inner Matisse in life drawing this week, with amazing results!

Students quickly drew with scissors working directly into coloured paper to create figures which have all the lively, direct and robust qualities found in Matisse’s beautiful cut out figures.

The students utilised rhythmic lines, forms which echo forms, sinuous arabesque curves, fluid shapes and negative spaces to imply and build structure.

“Cutting directly into color reminds me of a sculptor’s carving into stone.” (Henri Matisse)

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steel sculpture

3d Design Extended Diploma student Felix has made a mild steel sculptural piece of work as part of his course.

This work has been inspired by and references a support section of a roof designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano.

Felix collaborated with the welding apprentices at Truro college to produce the work which has been made by radius bending and MIG welding 8mm Mild Steel.

Felix is now considering how the object will be finished, displayed and documented and is already thinking about making new work for the course developing on these new skills he has acquired.

With Special thanks to all the workshop team and apprentices at Seaton for supporting Felix in his project.

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Oil Workshop part 2

Last Saturday was the final session in the two day oil painting workshop led by local artist Carol O’Toole.

A- level students continued in the painting activities but were also introduced to ideas around glazing, introducing veils of semi transparent colour to their creative repertoire. It was exciting to see how far the students have come in such a short time and we can’t wait to see further paintings!

Our thanks again to Carol for her warmth, encouragement and expertise. An invaluable experience for all!

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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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Student Art Showcase


Some stunning work from the Level 1 and 2 art students, taken from their first two projects based on ‘everyday objects’ shown through 2D & 3D images. The students have learnt about a variety of skills for 2D; painting, mixed media, mark-making… and 3D; relief work, sculpture using cardboard and wire.
The learners have then used artists research to develop the projects using their own choice of media and techniques. They have worked hard and I am very proud of their outcomes.

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Drawing as investigation – Negative Space.


What if we drew what wasn’t there? Why do we always draw around things? These are some of the questions the Access Art and Design students asked themselves in the ‘Negative Space’ Lesson. Students were encouraged to work like Matisse cutting the negative spaces out of black paper to create simple collages which explored negative space. Students also created quick pencil and ink studies exploring the same approach. A simple a quick exercise which turns observational drawing on its head! These quick studies resulted in outcomes with huge design potential!

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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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Not long to go…

Come and see what all the fuss is about – Lemon Quay, Truro, Cornwall. Tuesday 22 May until Saturday 26 May – open daily from 10am.

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