Students show their brilliant creativity despite lockdowns

Art and Design students celebrated a creative, if disrupted, two years at Truro College, with the exhibition of Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design work in the airy top floor of the White building at Truro College.

Art and Design students celebrated a creative, if disrupted, two years at Truro College, with the exhibition of Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design work in the airy top floor of the White building at Truro College.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design is a full-time two-year course for 16 to 18-year-olds that is equivalent to three A Levels which sets students up for further study in the arts by developing skills in a wide-range of creative areas, including ceramics, digital, fine art, graphic design, life drawing, printmaking, textiles and 3D design.

This cohort of students also experienced two years with the unique challenges and disruptions of the Covid pandemic, but showed versatility and commitment. Truro and Penwith College was widely acclaimed for taking all teaching remote online quickly and successfully.

Mark Dunford, Programme Team Leader for Art & Design, said: "I am amazed by the ingenuity of our students and staff and congratulate them all for their innovative creativity, and commitment during times of unprecedented upheaval. The College and team wish all our students the very best for their creative careers and further studies."

Truro College & Slade School of Fine Art Alumni, Scott Omlo, presented awards and said: “I was overwhelmed by the impressive quality of the students' work, especially given how disrupted this past year has been for them. The imagination and ambition that the students have showcased is rather exciting.”

Student Nieda Morris, from Truro, created an installation piece, using hanging elements to catch the eye, reflect light and cause shadows on the space behind. She said: “My work is be based on our natural world and our human connection to it,or lack off. 

“I’ve been taking a lot of inspiration from festival installations, I like how they change an environment in such a huge way, you can create a different reality where people can be free to explore and ask questions, which I think we need to do even more now in this day.

“I took a leap of faith and very last minute, I smashed up all my paintings to hang them in my exhibit to cast these colourful shadows. I think they make you think and question. I want people to experience my work as almost a place of meditation and thought.”

This exhibition is just one of many taking place this season, from media and photography to first year L3 Art and Design, and the virtual art and design exhibition, ‘Imagine,’ available online for one year from 21st June 2021. The Penwith College art exhibition called ‘Murmuration’ is at the Penzance School of Art, Morrab Road, Penzance, 23rd-27th June, 10am-5pm. See Truro and Penwith College’s social media for more.