Draw: Art project celebrates culture and creativity in Hartlepool

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AN event packed full of creative activities proved to be a real draw for students.

Students and staff at Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) took part in a joint project with University of the Arts London (UAL), called Draw.

Draw gave the opportunity to get out of our artistic comfort zones and try out something new

Its aim was for people to share their love of all things creative.

Over 50 students took part in the two-day event, sharing their love of all things art, with activities ranging from model making and painting, to drawing live animals, discovering illustration and print making.

Draw involved a series of workshops at the college’s facilities in Hartlepool. Students also got to work with materials that will challenge them in new ways, and work with staff from different disciplines and use their expertise to influence their own creative styles.

Eyv Hardwick, who is the academic links co-ordinator at Cleveland College of Art & Design, said: “Draw weekend was an exceptional event full of energy and wonder with students fully engaged in every activity with enthusiasm and rigour.

“The collaboration between UAL and CCAD staff created a balance of opportunity. The art college wanted to create an energy and ‘creative memories’ for the future.”

Tessa Read, who is the widening participation practitioner at University of the Arts London, said, “UAL was excited to be involved in this cross collaborative event which brings together the creative energies of tutors from both colleges to explore how we use drawing in creative processes.”

Among the students taking part was Callum Griffiths, 21, a second year student on the BA (Hons) Illustration for Commercial Application course. He said: “It’s been a delightful insight and a good learning experience, especially working with other tutors from University of the Arts London.”

Lucy Heron, 25, who is studying BA (Hons) Contemporary Textile Products, thought the event was great fun.

She said: “Draw gave the opportunity to get out of our artistic comfort zones and try out something new, especially drawing tortoises. The digital drawing workshop was so much fun and it is something I would like to do again.”

CCAD is the only specialist art and design school in the North East, with a university level campus in Hartlepool and more than 1,300 students.