The Big Draw: Exploring London Life though Art
On Saturday 16th February 2019 local Camden residents and college learners were invited to come and join Foundation Diploma and Childcare learners in the production of a huge collaborative drawing depicting London life in all its diversity. This event was part of the International Big Draw festival ((click here for more Big Draw info)
The piece starts at the top with prominent and well known London landmarks, what everyone would think of when thinking of London, but then moves down in to local landmarks and portraits of individual’s living spaces: Our local London. The image finishes with self-portraits of the participants showing the range of individuals who make up London Life at the college.
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the final piece close up:
and some pictures from the day:
Here is just a taste of some of the things Foundation learners have been up to in the first specialist project. There is Formative assessment this week and next week learners will be able to improve these projects, and make sure their feedback impacts on the next project, before summative assessment for these units just before Christmas.
As part of WMC’s involvement in the Big Draw Festival this year (www.thebigdraw.org) The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and Level 1 In drawing Painting and Mixed media have collaborated on a large scale portrait of the college for display in our 3rd floor Gallery. Both courses begin with an exploration of mark making and this was a brilliant opportunity for learners to show off their skills!
Have a look at what the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design have
been up to in the first 5 weeks of the course:
Here is the awesome work produced for the Final Major Project by our Foundation Diploma Learner last year
We are very proud to announce that Annie-Marie Akussah, alumni from The WMC foundation Art and Design Course, has been selected for the New Contemporaries exhibition.
“Attending Working Mens College was the best decision I made right after sixth form . The foundation course steered me the right way and gave me a strong foundation for my career. I am grateful to all my Tutors, technicians and course mates who made my experience. I was encouraged to experiment and try different things on the course and that has strengthened my practice whiles at University.”
you can see here work here: http://www.newcontemporaries.org.uk/artists/annie-marie-akussah
Here are some images of what some of the Foundation Diploma learner have been up to in the pathway stage of the project.
Hannah Black graduated from the Adult Access to Art and Design at WMC in 2010 (the precursor to the current Art and Design Foundation Diploma) since then she has gone on to received a Masters of Fine Arts in Art Writing from Goldsmiths and From 2013-2014, she was a studio participant in the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. According to Hatty Nestor in Art in America:
“Hannah Black’s practice deals primarily with issues of global capitalism, feminist theory, the body and sociopolitical spaces of control.”
She is represented by the London Gallery Arcadia Missa.
Hannah has recently had a very successful solo show at the Chisnhale Gallery in London and is being included in top 10 lists of artists to watch out for. Of her experience at WMC Hannah says:
“The course is a very liberating and interesting experience especially because it’s outside the usual art school norms and everyone who makes it possible should be very proud of what they have created, Clare (Law, foundation Fine Art Tutor) is a wonderful special teacher and her patience and insight changed my life”
The Foundation diploma carousel has finished and all learners are ow in specialist pathway groups. The carousel is an opportunity for all learners to try out all specialisms before deciding on a pathway and is a great. Sessions include: Visual Communications. Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, 3d Design, and Media.
Haikus about the first 2 weeks of the foundation::
It was a real breeze
We don’t ever want to leave
Let us do art please
Two weeks of college
Is a wonderful mind f**k
To be honest
It was amazing
Meet new people and new skills
Hope it really kills
I made some good friends,
on my day out to Southend
Hmm, how will this end?
Got in to college
Didn’t know what to expect
I have no regrets