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Lily Hopkins

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 2019 / 20

Studies of my family Inspired by ‘Japan’ exhibition at the British Museum. Painting onto canvas and ink etching. 

The theme of art and society has been significant to me throughout my studies. I have developed a large body of work in response to this, and I had to change and rewrite my most recent project to incorporate the present circumstances. This abrupt change allowed me to reconsider my work but interestingly fits with my original theme.  

I have found that as the year has progressed and I have been able to try out a variety of different art and design techniques, I have become particularly interested in illustration, I came to really appreciate the charming nature of a small yet impactful drawing’s ability to increase the effectiveness of a concept by working with text or an environment to create individual meaning for a reader. In particular when I made my first own two – part little story about a coin and its adventures, I found that when doing the illustrations you have to really hone in on what the text is talking about to enable the reader to attain more of a grasp of what is happening and when you do make that visual connection it is actually very satisfying and almost enriching to see.

 

Context and research have been really influential to my development and I have been inspired throughout by artists and illustrators such as Charlie Billingham for his lively and unique style of painting, Japanese art and cartoons throughout the ages, originally discovered at the British Museum, David Shrigley for his use of simple yet intellectual little cartoons and more recently just observing the current state of affairs in the world. Exhibitions such as Picasso on Paper arguably had a surprisingly impactful effect on the way I have been presenting my work as well as the work of Tim Walker in terms of eccentricity and subject matter. 

‘Life Cycle of Coin.’ Comments on art and society, how money corrupts. Through the lenses of a ‘child.’

 

Mobile of a small story I made about a mirror.

‘In Aid of Another’ Short animation introducing my final project commenting on the importance of helping others.

 

‘A Change in Coin.’ Comments on art and society, how money corrupts. Through the lenses of a ‘child.’

 

I have learnt many new skills throughout this year. I have felt that collaging and experimenting with materials have helped me come up with new ways of drawing and illustrating my ideas. Workshops have played a crucial role, especially the painting and bookmaking workshops which have been extremely beneficial. – Now I know how to make a book! Not only is that exciting but also really useful for my illustration. 

 

I tend to write out plans for my production in the studio, I have a checklist, but things constantly change and have been updated or added. Overall, even though this virus has proved to be a huge shock to the school and everyone working in it I feel that everyone has adapted really well. I have overcome the challenge, of changing my project to fit my working environment and have developed my work which has been very exciting, and I am proud of how it has progressed and turned out. Moreover, I am very happy that I attended City & Guilds of London Art School as I have acquired skills, I didn’t even think possible, with countless useful workshops given, enabling us to grow individually - I am very happy and much more confident in going forward.

Studies of my family Inspired by ‘Japan’ exhibition at the British Museum. Painting onto canvas and ink etching. 

The theme of art and society has been significant to me throughout my studies. I have developed a large body of work in response to this, and I had to change and rewrite my most recent project to incorporate the present circumstances. This abrupt change allowed me to reconsider my work but interestingly fits with my original theme.  

I have found that as the year has progressed and I have been able to try out a variety of different art and design techniques, I have become particularly interested in illustration, I came to really appreciate the charming nature of a small yet impactful drawing’s ability to increase the effectiveness of a concept by working with text or an environment to create individual meaning for a reader. In particular when I made my first own two – part little story about a coin and its adventures, I found that when doing the illustrations you have to really hone in on what the text is talking about to enable the reader to attain more of a grasp of what is happening and when you do make that visual connection it is actually very satisfying and almost enriching to see.

 

Context and research have been really influential to my development and I have been inspired throughout by artists and illustrators such as Charlie Billingham for his lively and unique style of painting, Japanese art and cartoons throughout the ages, originally discovered at the British Museum, David Shrigley for his use of simple yet intellectual little cartoons and more recently just observing the current state of affairs in the world. Exhibitions such as Picasso on Paper arguably had a surprisingly impactful effect on the way I have been presenting my work as well as the work of Tim Walker in terms of eccentricity and subject matter. 

Mobile of a small story I made about a mirror.

I have learnt many new skills throughout this year. I have felt that collaging and experimenting with materials have helped me come up with new ways of drawing and illustrating my ideas. Workshops have played a crucial role, especially the painting and bookmaking workshops which have been extremely beneficial. – Now I know how to make a book! Not only is that exciting but also really useful for my illustration. 

 

I tend to write out plans for my production in the studio, I have a checklist, but things constantly change and have been updated or added. Overall, even though this virus has proved to be a huge shock to the school and everyone working in it I feel that everyone has adapted really well. I have overcome the challenge, of changing my project to fit my working environment and have developed my work which has been very exciting, and I am proud of how it has progressed and turned out. Moreover, I am very happy that I attended City & Guilds of London Art School as I have acquired skills, I didn’t even think possible, with countless useful workshops given, enabling us to grow individually - I am very happy and much more confident in going forward.

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Giselle Knolly

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 2019 / 20

'Pre-exist I' Oil on canvas, 180 cm x 200 cm

The original aim of my project was to explore painting in an abstract style, aiming to loosen my technique and create work that was less tightly controlled and flat than the paintings I was producing at the beginning of the year. I enjoyed exploring more expressive, experimental mark making becoming bolder and more abstract, however I thought it became baseless and without reason behind it, so I incorporated a figurative style back into my project - using old photographs to take away the control of the composition. 

'Pre-exist II' Oil on canvas, 130 cm x 100 cm

Gerhard Richter’s paintings have influenced the development of the style of my own work, the process in which he creates interesting marks using a squeegee, and his overpainted photographs lead me to use my own old photographs as a basis for my final paintings. Maggi Hambling’s dynamic mark making and balance of negative space and textural paint use further influenced me when improving my own work, limiting my color palette and avoiding my painting from becoming too overwhelming.

'Face' Oil on canvas, 100 cm x 60 cm

'Details of Pre-exist I' Photograph

Throughout the year I have aimed to consider fresh ways to create art by really thinking about what I want to achieve in each painting, challenging myself by exploring different ways of working, like limiting myself to only using huge brushes, or a squeegee or a big piece of mdf wood in order to keep with the freedom of expressive mark making. Learning to generate ideas quickly has been an important aspect of the foundation for me and making decisions about the direction of my work and what to focus on is an area I have really had to develop. These processes are probably the biggest challenges throughout my project, but I found that by constantly trying new ideas and listening to feedback from tutors I have overcome them. 

Details of 'Pre-exist I' Photograph

Details of 'Pre-exist I' Photograph

'Pre-exist I' Oil on canvas, 180 cm x 200 cm

The original aim of my project was to explore painting in an abstract style, aiming to loosen my technique and create work that was less tightly controlled and flat than the paintings I was producing at the beginning of the year. I enjoyed exploring more expressive, experimental mark making becoming bolder and more abstract, however I thought it became baseless and without reason behind it, so I incorporated a figurative style back into my project - using old photographs to take away the control of the composition. 

'Pre-exist II' Oil on canvas, 130 cm x 100 cm

Gerhard Richter’s paintings have influenced the development of the style of my own work, the process in which he creates interesting marks using a squeegee, and his overpainted photographs lead me to use my own old photographs as a basis for my final paintings. Maggi Hambling’s dynamic mark making and balance of negative space and textural paint use further influenced me when improving my own work, limiting my color palette and avoiding my painting from becoming too overwhelming.

'Face' Oil on canvas, 100 cm x 60 cm

Throughout the year I have aimed to consider fresh ways to create art by really thinking about what I want to achieve in each painting, challenging myself by exploring different ways of working, like limiting myself to only using huge brushes, or a squeegee or a big piece of mdf wood in order to keep with the freedom of expressive mark making. Learning to generate ideas quickly has been an important aspect of the foundation for me and making decisions about the direction of my work and what to focus on is an area I have really had to develop. These processes are probably the biggest challenges throughout my project, but I found that by constantly trying new ideas and listening to feedback from tutors I have overcome them. 

'Details of Pre-exist I' Photograph

Details of 'Pre-exist I' Photograph

Details of 'Pre-exist I' Photograph

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Yasemin Reisoglu

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 2019 / 20

My project proposal was to design an interior space influenced entirely by design areas which are unrelated to interior design, such as product design, sculpture or jewellery design. My biggest influence for this project was Thomas Heatherwick’s ‘Seed Cathedral.’ The unusual form of the space and modern materials used was perfect for my project. One of my main focuses throughout this year was to develop my model making skills, especially throughout my final project where my final outcome is a refined model of a cafe.

Originally, I wanted to work with an already existing space but due to covid-19 I had to adapt and decided on creating a temporary space: a café which can be easily taken apart and transported between different locations such as parks. My original project proposal stayed the same throughout with only a few changes, such as me having to adapt to the current situation.

In the future I see myself continuing to develop my interior design skills, keeping a sense of creativity in my work. Throughout the course I really developed my evaluative skills, thinking critically about my work and worked on my model making skills. This year helped me confirm that working in Interior Design is the direction which I want to go into.

My project proposal was to design an interior space influenced entirely by design areas which are unrelated to interior design, such as product design, sculpture or jewellery design. My biggest influence for this project was Thomas Heatherwick’s ‘Seed Cathedral.’ The unusual form of the space and modern materials used was perfect for my project. One of my main focuses throughout this year was to develop my model making skills, especially throughout my final project where my final outcome is a refined model of a cafe.

Originally, I wanted to work with an already existing space but due to covid-19 I had to adapt and decided on creating a temporary space: a café which can be easily taken apart and transported between different locations such as parks. My original project proposal stayed the same throughout with only a few changes, such as me having to adapt to the current situation.

In the future I see myself continuing to develop my interior design skills, keeping a sense of creativity in my work. Throughout the course I really developed my evaluative skills, thinking critically about my work and worked on my model making skills. This year helped me confirm that working in Interior Design is the direction which I want to go into.

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3D Design Architecture