South Thames College Art & Design students were invited to the Royal Academy of Arts for ‘Access Art 25’, which is a free event organised by the Academy to encourage engagement in the arts through a series of professional talks, workshops and in this instance, the Anthony Gormley exhibition. The level 3 & 4 UAL Foundation students at South Thames College, Wandsworth were selected out of several hundred other participants to take part in a special hour long workshop with Anthony Gormley in the Keepers Studio at the Academy.
During the workshop, the students worked with Anthony himself, creating abstract depictions in clay using 3D sculptural techniques which were then developed further as each person responded to the next idea. They also had the opportunity to speak with Anthony about his pathway into becoming a famous British sculptor. Students came away from the workshop feeling inspired and excited to use the ideas they had learned from Anthony. We spoke to our students about their experience;
Queen Mutesi really enjoyed the exhibition and workshop, “I specifically enjoyed looking at Anthony’s steal pieces that were abstract, I liked the simplicity and composition of his art, it’s almost like telling a story. We worked with clay where we only had a minute to create something out of the clay ball so it taught me how to work fast under pressure and still have a great outcome. I learnt how to make 3D art pieces and will incorporate them into my own Art.”
Having a valuable work experience before graduating, could lead the way to better opportuniines in the future, as stastically, 80% of employers calim that work expereince on the CV is essential. (Nisen, 2014)
In the below article that featured in Buinsess Connexions McJones Group chat about the importance of work experience and their partnership with South Thames Colege.
Last night representatives from the Employability Team at South Thames College attended a Business Reception at the House of Commons hosted by MP for Battersea, Marsha de Cordova, and the Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce
During the evening the Team were able to network and establish links with a number of new businesses, and hear inspirational insights from Jean Marc Feghali, founder of WeWALK and Marsha de Cordova herself, on how she manages her successful political career, with a visual impairment.
A big thank you to the Chamber for inviting the team to the event