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Student Review: Total Drawing

Angelica Salvia is a recent graduate of our Total Drawing course, taught by Ilga Leimanis.  We had a chat to Angelica about her experience on the course and how it has benefitted her career and personal development

Why did you choose to study Total Drawing?

I chose the Total Drawing course because I needed to regain a physical approach to creativity which I feel I had lost over the years through the increasing usage of technological devices in my profession.  Also, as a designer, I personally find it fundamental to stay challenged, strengthening my mental flexibility and forcing me to adapt to a different point of view.

What 3 words describe your short course experience at Central Saint Martins?

Solid, for its structure. The first part of the class was always very intense and focused on technique. The afternoon was dedicated to a looser approach to the visual representation and was more emotionally engaging.

Intimate, because of the limited number of people admitted to the class which allowed us to fully engage and concentrate.  The presence of like-minded people enjoying the moment and our encouraging tutor, created a positive creative energy in the classroom.

Flexible, for the variety of subjects drawn, the use of outdoor venues, and the freedom of expression gained once we were given basic technical directions.

Angelica Salvia
Angelica Salvia

What did you enjoy most about your course?

The Life Drawing sessions were surprisingly overwhelming and challenging. The task of catching the whole essence of a pose in only a few seconds when the model was changing poses very quickly was highly engaging.

How has this course benefited your career or personal development?

By slowly taking control of my drawing skills again, my spatial awareness has become more powerful.  Through drawing I have developed a more fluid hand, which allows me to design a more spontaneous and vivid imprint of my spatial visions.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking this course?

Whatever your ability, this course will be the occasion to learn new skills or refresh existing skills and perspectives. You may also find that a particular exercise actually triggers something you can adapt and use in your profession. I would suggest approaching it with an open mind as you might be really surprised with what you are able to achieve at the end of the day. Ultimately just enjoy the process and trust your intuition!

The next Total Drawing Course starts on 11 April 2016 with further dates throughout the year

The course is also taught online with the next course starting on 28 April 2016

Ilga Leimanis also teaches:

Drawing Portfolio – Daytime

Portfolio Sketchbook

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Upcoming Open Days in March

Our highly regarded Innovative Pattern Cutting for Graduates and Professionals course has an upcoming Open Day on 16 March

Places are limited, so to avoid missing out please book your place through Eventbrite

Creative Visual Merchandising for Graduates and Professionals will be holding an Open Day on 22 March and you can book your place here

These Open Days are an opportunity for prospective applicants to meet the course lecturer, ask questions, find out more about the course, see the facilities and get a taste of the creative atmosphere at Central Saint Martins.

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The Return of Metaphonica!

Following the tremendous success of last year’s experimental music event we are happy to announce  Metaphonica II  a night of musical experimentation, noise, music, sound and silence. Art schools have long been the breeding ground for the bands of the future and Metaphonica considers the relationship between contemporary art and musical excess.

18+ only   FRIDAY 11TH MARCH 2016     7pm – 11pm      

Public tickets – £5 | UAL staff and students – £3
This is an 18+ only event. Visit the Platform Theatre website to book your ticket and head to the Facebook page to register your interest.

Metaphonica Curator Dan White discusses Metaphonica and where it all began over on CSM News

 

Interview Season! Fashion Folio: Design and Communication

Fashion Folio Course Coordinator Beckie Leach talks about BA and MA interviews season and the culmination of one year’s hard work on the Fashion Folio course.

As spring arrives in London, the Fashion Folio studios are a flurry of nervous excitement as students set out their work for interview and portfolio review for some of the countries top undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The studio is a jam-packed sensual array of colour and texture; piles of homemade sketchbooks, research folders, knitted and stitched textiles sit on every available surface, anticipating thorough exploration.

Research

As the Course Coordinator, this is my favorite time of year; it is when I get to see everything the students have been developing during their year on the Fashion Folio. Every year I am astonished by the quality, variety and the sheer amount of effort each of the students put into their work, and this year is no exception. Each student has filled their area with a huge amount of drawings, research, sketchbooks, journals, fabric samples and garments.

Knit and Illustration

There is no prescribed ‘house’ style on the Fashion Folio, rather every student is encouraged to develop their own style and approach. Students are taught to find their own way of drawing, method of working, and to research the things that really interest them; this results in students developing a unique approach to Fashion Design and/or Communication that suits them.

collage
collage

Students are encouraged to apply for courses at a wide range of different institutions. Current students are applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Fashion Design Womenswear, Menswear, Print, Knit, with Marketing, Fashion Communication, Textile Design and Fine Art at institutions including Kingston University, Westminster University, Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the Royal Academy Antwerp.

Menswear
Menswear

The Fashion Folio is a highly intensive one-year Fashion Course designed to support you to develop your ‘best’ portfolio of work possible to apply directly to a BA, MA or Professional Practice.  Last year 90% of Fashion Folio students who applied were offered a place at a top University.

Our next Stage 1 of Fashion Folio starts in April

PPA Exposed! Final Exhibition

Students from the Professional Practice And Academic Portfolio Course (PPA) held their final exhibition earlier this month, with themes focusing on time, memory and family history, self-portraiture, fashion and performance, street portraits, appropriation and collage, repetition and taxonomy.  Speaking about the course, tutor Kathryn Faulkner said:

The PPA is targeted at anyone who is passionate about Photography and is keen to learn more skills and develop their thinking around what and why they make photographs. There is no limit to age or experience but we are looking for well-motivated and engaged students who will work well together. The course is divided into two stages.  After set assignments in Stage 1, the students develop a self-initiated project during Stage 2 and this is presented publicly in a Final Show at the end of the course.  In this year’s final exhibition everyone made a highly individual and personal body of work. There is no house style and the purpose of the course is to help students identify what is most important to them. Students leave with a workbook, an essay, a new portfolio of work and some make artists books. Hopefully they leave with a new found confidence in speaking about their work too.”

Speaking about his experience on the course, PPA Graduate Charlie Gao cited the experience as being “rigorous as well as challenging your own creativity”.

“Being able to critique and see the flaws of your own work is something that develops over time, and I think important to making further advancements as an artist. Being able to develop my own work and photographic identity whilst surrounded by a group of peers with diverse photographic practices, bouncing ideas off each other, being creative, trying new things, working across different mediums – still, moving image, analogue, digital.  This course has the potential to give you the practical skills and confidence to practise photography in any context and to the highest level, whether professionally or academically on an MA course.”

Whilst fellow PPA graduate Zhen Lin spoke of the experience as being “inspirational, practical, and mind-consuming”.

Congratulations to all 7 graduates and their amazing final exhibition

LUCY BARRIBALL

MARILIA CAMELO

CHARLIE GAO

ZHEN LIN

ANNA JONES

OLIVIA LANGNER

TINNAPHOP TONITIWONG

A COLLABORATION (all of the above)