Summer Art Show
July is a month during which Treloar’s Jowett Centre becomes a hub for art and photography. This year’s art show did not disappoint—we could admire a variety of art works, all being representations of Treloar’s students’ interests, imagination and creativity.
The students sued a variety of media and art techniques to create their works: from drawing, painting and photography to Photoshop.
Here are some comments from the artists about their works, inspirations and messages behind their pieces:
I am studying Art and Design at Level 3. The theme for my project was ‘Fashion’. I wanted to design for late teens to early 20s looking at club and festival style clothes and patterns. I wanted to create designs that were fun and energetic. I used a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, collage, printing, stencilling and Photoshop. The thing I like about creating art work is that it makes me feel excited and I like that I can create something unusual. I have had a lot of success selling my work which makes me feel really happy.
Treloar College student, Ella
My course I am studying is Level 2 Art and Design; the theme for my project was ‘Narnia’; in which I was asked to create a stage set for the show. For my final piece I created a large tree and two backdrops. I was trying to show the two seasons that are included in the story which are summer and winter. I used papier mache, plaster and paints to create my work. For the large tree I also represented both the summer and winter so that the tree could be repositioned to suit the right season. When I create art I feel happy and content. I like selling my work as it feels nice that someone wants to have my art in their house but also I like receiving money for my hard work.
Treloar College student, Hannah
I am studying a Level 3 OCR Art and Design course. It is a course I enjoy studying and I feel it helps me express myself creatively. My theme of my project was ‘Surrealism’. I chose this theme because I like unusual and unique things. I made a 3D model of a pregnant person which I got my inspiration from the artist Victor Brauner. I put my own spin on it however. I experimented with different backgrounds and ideas. I was trying to make my work thought-provoking and interesting. I wanted my final sculpture to be a representation of hope for humanity and the caring nature that we possess. The reason it is multicoloured is because I wanted to give it some colour and I like multicoloured things. This makes it appear more vibrant and happy even though it is an abstract piece. I used layers of paper mache on top of cardboard to make my sculpture. I then painted my sculpture until I was happy with the colours and how it looked. I like producing creative work because it shows my personality in a way that people have not seen before. It allows me to express my ideas and emotions.
Treloar College student, Phoebe
I am currently studying a Level 2 Photography course. This year I have chosen to focus on documentary photography because I have never tried this genre of photography before and I thought it would be good to give it a go. A documentary photographer is someone who captures real life situations as they happen such as sporting events, family events and celebrity photography. The theme that I have chosen is ‘Daily life’ and I have used myself as a model to explain the difficulties and challenges I face daily. I did some research prior to shoots from different photographers to get some inspiration and ideas for my work. Over the year, I have looked at artists such as Richard Billingham and Jacob Riis to get inspiration for my own work. For my photoshoots I have used a Canon DSLR with a standard lens sometimes mounted to my chair and a tripod. I have used an array of different lighting from natural to artificial. What I like about photography is that I can express my feelings and communicate them in a visual way.
Treloar College student, Will
I am Miruna I have cerebral palsy; this is my second year studying Art and Design. The course that I am studying this year is NCFE Level 2 Art and Design. This project was for the summer of 2023; I choose this theme because it’s my favourite time of the year, and it’s nice and warm and makes me feel amazing. My patterns were made to go on fashion accessories, as I am very into my fashion I would like to see people wearing what I have created. For my final piece I used a range of different techniques to create an image of a pineapple, in my own style. I then made this into a repeat pattern that can be easily transferred onto different products. I really enjoyed the mark making I did in this piece of art as it was in my own style as it’s very unique and personal. The techniques I used for my final work are mark making, digital, collage using Photoshop and painting. I like making art because it takes me away from my problems, and I always can create what I want expressing myself. My favourite technique is mark making because I choose how it’s going to look like.
Treloar College student, Miruna
My name is Isobel. I’m currently studying OCR Art and Design level 3. This is some of my artwork that I have been working on this year. I wanted these pieces to celebrate the beauty of disability or ‘different’ bodies. Everybody is beautiful and unique in their own way. I created the backgrounds by producing three different coloured backgrounds and then cutting and mismatching them together. My lovely friends modelled for me which I then stencilled onto my background. The techniques I used include: spray paint and stencilling. I love producing creative work because it gives me a great opportunity to explore my creativity in a fun way. It also helps me to express my feelings and emotions in a visual way.
Treloar College student, Isobel
My name Is Jake and I’m studying Level 2 Media. For this unit I was asked to create promotional material for a band. I started by taking pictures of cars as I wanted this to be the main part of the design and it linked with the bands album name. I’m trying communicate that cars aren’t just objects that you drive—they have personalities; I wanted the images to suit the style of the band. To create these images I used forced perceptive to make the cars look like they are real cars. I edited them in Photoshop and used the black and white tool to make them black and white then I used the brushes to make the colours stand out. I like creating creative work because it gives me something to work towards which I enjoy doing. I take my time to complete the images to get the right feel and visuals.
Treloar College student, Jake