BA(Hons) Illustration are currently undertaking their first year London trip, including industry visits to the following: The Artworks Illustration Agency, Us Two Games Ltd, Pete Fowler, Egmont Press, Human After All, The Folio Society, Arena Illustration Agency, Dorling Kindersley, Macmillan Childrens Books, Harper Collins, and Walker Books.
The trip also includes the annual London Illustration Forum of guest speakers; this year Alice Dunseath, Neil McFarland and Pete Fowler.
Senior Lecturer Lucy Willow joined BA(Hons) Fine Art students for a hyper-realism workshop…
‘In partnership with The National Maritime Museum Cornwall, BA(Hons) Fine Art students had the wonderful opportunity to work with Neil Gorton from Gorton Studio for a day, to learn the art of hyper-realism. Since his career began in 1987 Neil has won 12 major awards for his work on shows such as Doctor Who, The Catherine Tate Show, Bodies and Being Human.
Students cast an arm in silicone, learning the art of mold making, how to mix skin tones, insert hair, and how to create finishes. It was fascinating. Fine Art students are particularly skilled in adapting processes in unusual ways, so we are looking forward to see how these hyper realist methods translate into their studio practice. By the end of the day, hyper-real skin-toned cabbage leaves were emerging as well as ideas for puppets and masks.
This workshop links to an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum opening in March 2017, documenting the history of maritime tattoos. Gorton Studios have been commissioned to make body parts that are now being tattooed by artists around the country. The museum is also interested in following up the workshop with an article on how our Fine Art students incorporate hyper-realism into their studio practice…watch this space’.
Exhibited for the first time, Locke’s bill-board-sized print The Canal Interocéanique de Panamawill be applied directly to the side of a building at the junction of Vargas Machucha and Calle Larga, Cuenca, Ecuador. This work is part of his on-going series Share, investigating the cycles and histories of international finance and trade, where Locke works directly onto actual antique share certificates.
Hew Locke joined Falmouth as Visiting Professor of Fine Art in 2016, an appointment that will see Locke work with Falmouth for three years delivering both public lectures and working with students during his annual visits. Locke’s inaugural visit as Visiting Professor took place earlier this month and we are very much looking forward to the next.
Alana Bullock, one of our second year BA(Hons) Drawing students, has recently been awarded the Falmouth School of Art Edge Award for 2016/17 and will now be off to Paris in the summer to study Character Animation at GOBELINS.
The Falmouth School of Art Edge Award is an annual award designed to encourage students either to explore an area outside of their discipline, or to support the development of particular skills (practical or theoretical) that could enhance their practice. However, the hope is that future academic work – and future creative innovation – will be informed and enriched by the experience gained, giving the recipient of the award new, potentially innovative perspectives or ‘edge’. The Falmouth School of Art Edge Award 2016/17 was open to all enrolled Level 2 undergraduate students in the school.
“Winning the Edge award has enabled me to do something that just would not have been thinkable otherwise. Drawing is the cornerstone of animation, and the opportunity to attend The Gobelins School in Paris over the summer for their two week character animation course, will give me the fundamentals to prepare me for the third and final year of my course, to implement what I’ve learnt as we dedicate ourselves solely to our own projects. I feel that my work and myself will be enhanced and stronger because of it.” Alana Bullock
Yesterday Foundation Art & Design students created their own pop-up village on the Moor in Falmouth. Spectators were encouraged to roam the village as giants, stomping between beautiful hand-crafted buildings.
The Highlight Creative Fair was founded by students Lucy Rivers (BA(Hons) Illustration) and Megan Fatharly (BA(Hons) Drawing), and FXU Falmouth President and former Fine Art student Chris Slesser, as a way to utilise the new Fox café atrium space and for students’ work to be celebrated and highlighted and for students to meet, collaborate and create.
Entry is free and open to the public. Holding a stall is free and open to staff, students and alumni. It is hoped that this will become a regular event.
The Midas Exhibition Private View was held last Friday, 11 November 2016. The exhibition features work by 10 artists, selected from their BA(Hons) Fine Art degree shows at Falmouth School of Art. More information on the exhibition can be found here. The exhibition continues at The Exchange, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance until 7 January 2017.