On course for creative future

East Durham College BTEC Level 3 Art & Design Student Amy Holmes, aged 17 from Peterlee, shows off her work.
East Durham College BTEC Level 3 Art & Design Student Amy Holmes, aged 17 from Peterlee, shows off her work.

TALENTED art students helped a college gain two firsts.

After the success of the recent Turning The Tide exhibition at East Durham College, which was the first showcase held at the site, its art and design students have recently displayed their work during a new exhibition which is set to become an annual event.

The East Durham College Students’ Art Exhibition, called On Course, was held at the college’s Peterlee campus in Willerby Grove and ran from late June until last week.

Paul Wheatcroft, the college’s director of creative industries, said: “This was a celebration of the time, effort and creative achievements made by our talented students.

“These works demonstrated some of the key elements at the heart of our art and design courses.

“Alongside the emphasis on experimentation there was the concentration on drawing and a solid grounding in the visual elements.

“Giving students a taste of different disciplines is important in helping them choose the medium they are most responsive to.

“The exhibition looked wonderful and the students should be very proud of it.”

The works were created by the college students studying on the BTEC level 2 and level 3 diploma in art and design.

Lynn Barlow, art tutor at the college, said: “I’m especially pleased with every one of my students, they have done East Durham College proud by exhibiting their work in such a colourful and exciting way, they deserve the credit which is due to them.”

The college is launching a new range of level 1 qualifications in the creative arts starting in September 2011, to add to its already successful level 2 and 3 diplomas.

For more information call student services on (0191) 5188222.