Summer School 2018 - Week 2
Week 2 began with the arrival of new students to join the summer programme. They settled in with a mixture of fun and creative activities, as well as a pizza party in the studios!
The first workshop began with an introduction to the theme 'Deconstruct and Reconstruct'. The students learned how to apply typography to their own creative ideas, by creating the message ‘deconstruct and reconstruct’ with letters and words.
This week also began the development of personal outcomes for all students on the summer programme. In order to gather visual research, the group visited Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum, University and Museum of Science History, to draw from various displays and locations. Each student was tasked to record how time can be represented in the objects, images and scenes.
Back in the ISCA studios, the programme offered skills-based workshops in fashion and textiles. The experiment included weaving with soft and hard materials, as well as exploring shapes through stacking and sequencing. Students also learned how product and packaging design investigates how people interact with their objects and products. Each student then had an opportunity to design and create their own form of packaging, with skills from their previous typography workshop.
In search of more visual research and inspiration for personal project outcomes, the group travelled to London and onward to the Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum. They all observed how history, civilisations across the globe have developed thanks to the combined marriage of art and science. These culminated in a variety of observational sketches and drawings.
After the gathering of research, the students took part in a printmaking workshop imagery porchoir printing methods. At the same time, everyone learned how to change research images by studying primary colours, complementary colours and how colour can relate to emotions.
The penultimate day of week 2 focused on drawing methods, where hand-to-eye coordination was a key element of the activity. The group viewed the city of London from a variety of perspectives – The London Eye and along the famous River Thames. The drawing tasks focused on different perspectives and finding unique scenes in the London landscape.
The final day of week 2 included a day in the studios with Karen Heard, a lecturer of University of the Arts, who gave a workshop titled 'what is a portfolio?'. The group were given examples of successful art and design portfolios and leaned how to immerse their own project into this format. After working very hard and receiving helpful advice from tutors, each student presented individual and exciting development boards. The success from today helped to motivate everyone into the final week of the ISCA Summer Programme.