Old Sketchpads

In the early 90s I took an Art Foundation course at Westcliffe College in Weston-Super-Mare. The college was a Grade II listed Victorian building idyllically positioned in the Knightstone  area, overlooking the Severn Estuary. Looking back, it was such a pleasurable learning environment. The teachers were all very experienced, supportive and totally chilled. The 2-year course was very structured and like most typical Art Foundation courses, it went right through the art spectrum covering areas such as drawing, painting, ceramics, graphic design, 3D design, art history, printmaking and photography. The tutors always encouraged the students to keep a journal and sketchbooks for creative development throughout the duration of the course. This is an area that I still adhere to today (old habits die hard!). There were a number of mature students on the course so the group was very diverse in attitudes towards art and design. The course definitely broadened my way of thinking. I was able to identify skills, strengths and the areas of design I was engaged in and hoped to develop. As a result, I felt much more accomplished in my practice and better equipped for university.


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