Seevic students raise awareness for the homeless with work at the Beecroft Art Gallery

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend, gave students the chance of a lifetime to display their work within a prime location at the gallery.

IMG_1223(1)Seevic BTEC Level 3 Art and Design students have embraced the project of creating artwork to raise awareness of homelessness which was displayed in the gallery from Monday 5 April until Saturday 23 April.

Each student has produced a piece of thought-provoking and challenging artwork, ranging  from posters to a 3D art installation.

One of the students who created an installation for the gallery is Roxy Roberts, 18.

She started by drawing portraits of a homeless man and woman, which she then animated to become a real-life resemblance of a human.  The animation was then projected onto a mannequin where the faces rolled in and out of each other.

Roxy said: “It was my first time doing an installation and I learnt a lot. I chose to use the mannequin as I felt it was easy for people to relate to.”

As well as advancing their skils, students have also increased their awareness of social issues and the implications of being homeless.

Steve Dowson, Tutor of Art and Design at the College, said: “The students engaged dynamically and thoughtfully to the homelessness theme.  This project has made the students sympathetic to the homeless and has increased their social consciousness.”

IMG_1210(1)Student Ben Prior, 19, said: “This is not a subject that you usually hear about so it was very interesting yet quite difficult.”

Ben added: “At first it was very hard to get into the right frame of mind and at times it was very emotional but it was a great learning experience.”

Cameron Taylor, 18, who is hoping for a future career in graphic design, said: “The overall project was interesting and made you want to learn more. It was a challenging task as I wanted to create something that would have an impact yet was still appropriate.

“My design was a poster using my designing skills and pushing new boundaries.  I am now more confident about thinking of new ideas and creating them.

“It’s incredible to think that my work is in a gallery for people to see.”

Seevic College offers a variety of Creative Arts courses including Art and Design as well as the opportunity to progress to a HND in Art and Design. To find out more about the courses available visit www.seevic-college.ac.uk

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