Bracknell students put their creative talents on show

8 July, 2021

A human chrysalis, beautiful paintings of landscapes, animals and people and an illustrated journey log of a student’s trip to Australia were just some of the amazing pieces of artwork on display at Activate Learning’s Bracknell and Wokingham College’s Art, Photography and Media Exhibition.

The refectory at the Church Road campus was transformed into an art gallery by students on our Art and Design and Photography pathways.

Students and staff from the wider Bracknell and Wokingham College community flocked to the refectory to see the exhibition from 23 June to 2 July.

Human Chrysalis

An array of different art styles including painting, life studies, printing, sculpture, photography, 3D art, costume design, mixed media and graphic communication were exhibited.

Students presented different styles of photography including portrait, landscape, documentary, fashion, conceptual and abstract photography.

Creative Industries learners took inspiration from a range of topics such as nature, current affairs, fashion, popular culture, patterns, geography, literature, the environment and identity.

Painting of London

Dylan is currently studying an Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma at Bracknell and Wokingham College.

He said: “It’s been great to take part in an exhibition. We got to see everyone’s art and progress during this year. It was nice to be able to come together and show each other and the wider college community, what we’ve all done.

“I like to do pencil sketching drawings and acrylic paintings of life models and hyper-realism drawings of my friends and my little sister. I like to specialise in in-depth drawings.

“Taking part in the exhibition has helped me to learn how to lay out my work in a way that is presentable and helps to catch the eye of the viewer.”

Jay has just finished studying an Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma at Bracknell and Wokingham College. Next year, he will pursue apprenticeship or job opportunities within the creative industries.

He said: “The best thing about our course is that it is very open and we are given free rein to interpret different module topics and use whatever medium we would like to use.

“The exhibition has been important for us to see our development and show everyone what we’re proud of.

“It’s caused me to be more vulnerable and put yourself out there which is really good. It’s also nice to hear the feedback.

“Everyone’s art is so individual and everyone’s got their own take on it and reflects their creativity in different ways and different mediums so there are no two pieces the same and that is really exciting!”

Koala pictures

Jan Allen, Visual Arts and Design Lecturer at Activate Learning, said: “It’s been a fantastic year, even during the difficulties with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The students rose to the challenge of putting the exhibition together in a new venue. They all worked really well together, displaying their chosen work.

“We are all really proud of them all, they have all worked so hard throughout the year and created some fantastic artwork which is on display, highlighting their talents and chosen styles.

“We look forward to teaching the students who are continuing with us next year and for those who are progressing, we wish you well and look forward to what you do next.”

Discover our Visual Arts and Design programmes at Bracknell and Wokingham College or contact us on 0800 612 6008.