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Fine Art students create inspired artwork for campus building

Monday 25 April 2022

On 20th April, paintings created by Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC's) Level 3 Art and Design students were displayed in various spaces on the ground and first floor of the College’s new campus, the Richmond Building.

The students were commissioned by Executive Director of Business Development and Innovation at RuTC, Sheila Fraser-Whyte, to create pieces of art for the college walls that reflected the College’s identity and core values of Trust, Excellence and Integrity.

Students initially began to explore different ideas around what the themes of Trust, Excellence and Integrity meant to them as students of RuTC. They also explored different activities to generate imagery to use for the paintings, including drawing the Richmond Building as well as admiring the 360 degree view from the RuTC’s training restaurant ‘The View.’

Following this creative process, students worked in groups to create the large-scale paintings.

Marc Dodi, Head of Creative Industries at RuTC was blown away by the students’ creativity and execution of the project, explaining, “Our 1st Year Level 3 Art and Design students were given the challenge in creating artwork for the building that reflects important aspects of the College’s ethos, such as diversity and inclusivity.

“The client brief delivered by senior management replicates tasks seen in professional industry and contributes to the learner’s experience of work.

The pieces are a welcome addition to our new building and is a good start in forging a community feel to the new campus.”

Each painting is 5 x 4ft in size, with each piece focusing on slightly different aspects including College community, diversity and the positive impact of education.

Students had only four weeks to start and finish the project, during which they learnt a lot about themselves and their creative capacity as well as importantly, working with others.

Learn more about studying Level 3 Art and Design at Richmond upon Thames College, here

Thanks to teachers Julia Hembrow and Toby Rye for their help with this project. 

Take a look at the gallery below for a collection of images taken during the creation of the project, as well as the finished pieces. 

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