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A year in the life of... Monoprint Development

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Surfaces and digital colou experiements

12 months of BTEC Extended Diploma Art & Design at Cardinal Newman College

Reading for Health

Creative Students highlighting ‘Shelf Help’ In November 2016, Lyndsey Roe, an Arts and Graphics Lecturer at Cardinal Newman College in Preston, contacted me to see whether we could work together to display some pieces the students were planning. The theme was around repeat patterns – and how repeat patterns of thought might link into mental health. From this initial enquiry came a live brief for the students to work to, the brief being to: read a selection of the Shelf Help books and then respond to these by creating digital art pieces and reviews which would be presented at a launch event held during Mental Health Awareness Week 2017. Shelf Help books are 35 titles which provides 13 to 18 year-olds with support and advice on common mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and stress, as well as difficult experiences like bullying and exams. All of the titles have been chosen by young people and health professionals and are available from Lancashire libraries.

The students set about reading the books (which we loaned) and then created their pieces. These were launched at the Harris Library in Preston in May 2017. Over 40 people came along, including 28 of the young people who had taken part in the project. Around a dozen of them gave a presentation of their work and spoke directly to the audience about their experience of reading the books. They were passionate and compelling and their reviews now form a part of our promotion. One of the students even created a fabulous film to showcase the project during the event.

Live brief for Lancashire County Council. Reading for Health book scheme for young people. Our Students work was chosen to advertise this very worthy initiative to improve mental health in young people. The launch was held May 2017 at the Harris Library and the artwork now tours libraries throughout the county.

January 2018 blues were beaten with an exhibition of positivity in the atrium in College, these were a collection of live brief submissions for Lancashire County Council, shelf help reading scheme for young people.

2017 Artist Books YR13

Unit 41 Final Outcome Assignment Title Words and Images in Graphic Design

Unit 41 Final Outcome Assignment Title Words and Images in Graphic Design

January 2018 Year13 Art & Design Extended Diploma students pushed the boundaries of what a book could be. They explored Image and text and created work for a Live brief - exhibiting work at the Harris Gallery from Nov 2017-Jan 2018


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500 poppies made so far

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Installation of poppies March 2018

CNC Peace Garden launch Easter 2018

Daisys, daffodils and forget-me-nots sfor

following terms Arts trail and peace garden under way for our college this year!

r proof and cost effective but collectively make impact visually

A few examples from schools in the uk of installations with a remembrance theme.

Inspired by the poppies at the Tower of London art installation. Year 12 & 13 BTEC Art and Design students have helped fundraise and create the first set of ceramic flowers for the college peace garden, currently up to 500 there are ambitions for 1000’s. Flowers to come include daffodils for cancer research and forget-me-nots.

Royal Society of British Arts Drawn from Youth exhibition

Regional winner BTEC Art & Design student Martha Walmesley then got her work showcase at the Mall Galleries London, Feb 2018.

Taylor Patterson Award Local chartered financial planning firm set a live brief each year. A winning submission by a BTEC Art &design Student gets displayed in the prominent foyer of the company building.

Artist Visit and Workshop

Norman Long

Award winning local artist Norman Long facilitated a half day workshop on process and concept through discussion and interaction with students. During the session Long creates a portrait live oil painting in front of the learners with a keen focus on light.

Andy Walmesley was a guest speaker March 2018. Andy is owner and Art director of WASH design agency in Preston. He presented how he grew the business from humble beginnings and also talked about advertising, visualisation and art direction as a career.

Yrear 13 student Laaibah Saeed

Artist Visit and Workshop

Clickclickbang photography

Ex-student Alicia Everett returned to the BTEC Exteneded Diploma she did so fantasically well on to share her journey and portfolio so far. Alicia currently studies Printed Texiles and Surface Pattern at Leeds College of Art

Artist Visit and Workshop

Alicia Everett

BTEC art &design students benefit from the artist in residence scheme. This year Simeon Fry delivered workshops and shared his portfolio resultng in a mural to inspire every learner.

Artist in residence

Simeon Fry

Community Arts - Live Brief

Year 13 work with local primary schools to generate starting points for responses to the live brief set by the client. Arts workshops are interative and develop a means of communication between artists and children involved.

Stoneygate Children’s Centre Live Brief Mural design for the outside play

BTEC Art and Design department share skills and raise funds for charity

Greate Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Speaking to artists and talking about process and new practice with the makers on the day


University Visits and Residential

Huddersfield , MMU, Uclan visits and workshops for BTEC Art and Design year 12 and 13

London Residential each year, galleries

Chatsworth House

House of Style exhibition The history of fashion through the ages for those at Chatsworth in association with Vogue.



Arts and crafts movement, research and development for contextual influences.

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Art btec a year in life of