students showcase artwork in professional life drawing exhibition

Wednesday May 29, 2019

A group of Concord’s artists were invited to have their work featured in a local art exhibition last week at The Hive in Shrewsbury, alongside a number of professionals. The Hive is an organisation that celebrates arts, culture and creativity and their mission is to provide a base for young people in Shropshire to explore and build on their creative skills. “A total of 10 of Concord’s 6.1 and 6.2 art students attended public art sessions focussing on life drawings, alongside other artists and designers – many who are professionals, and their work and conduct has been wonderful to see”, said Concord’s Head of Art, Mr Anthony Hudson. The sessions are held weekly in Shrewsbury town centre, and are untaught and open to the public to attend. For Concord, this has been the second year in a row that students have opted to take part in these art sessions – however, a first experience to be involved in an exhibition. Donna, Sindi and Ruth from 6.2, and Charlene from 6.1 were ‘delighted’ to be offered the opportunity to feature in the final exhibition last week, and between them, submitted 8 pieces of work. Sindi has also since received an offer to buy her work. Reflecting on the experience, Sindi said: “Life drawing has taught me a lot about proportions, shapes and tones. “Initially, I especially struggled with proportions but after several sessions, I produced work that was exhibited at The Hive and to receive an offer for my work felt extremely rewarding. “You are also surrounded by a variety of people – in most of the sessions I attended, I happened to be sitting next to professional artists! This was very exciting for me as I got to witness first-hand their process of working and their outcomes.” Beneficially, all 10 of Concord’s students involved have been able to use the weekly life drawing sessions to contribute to their assessed portfolios. Mr Hudson added: “The work the students have done helps to supplement their college work, and it’s remarkable that they do this in their own time. “The experience has been vastly beneficial in adding to their portfolios, but also gives them valuable experience and involvement in the wider community, and working alongside professionals and other art enthusiasts. “I have since received numerous emails praising their attitude and talents, as well as how much they have contributed to these art sessions. “The students have been a credit to the college.” To see other fantastic regular content from Concord’s art students, click here to visit Concord’s Art Department Instagram page and give them a follow.