Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Experimental drawing showcased at Uni

Artwork by student Claire-Louise Nutbrown in the University of Cumbria exhibition.

Trainee art teachers from the University of Cumbria will be exhibiting their experimental and innovative drawings in the Lancaster Campus's Alexandra Gallery from tomorrow, Wednesday 18 February to 26 February.

The free exhibition is a showcase of Analytical and Expressive Drawings produced by 4th year students studying for Qualified Teacher Status. In this final Art Module of their programme they have worked on self- directed projects and had the opportunity to extend their skills and visual comprehension by exploring drawing in experimental and challenging ways. Each student has researched and investigated a single theme. A wide range of materials and techniques have been explored in innovative and unexpected ways, along with a significant variety of scales and formats.

In addition to the framed work, visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to see student sketchbooks on display. Some of these are educational sketchbooks and have been designed as teaching aids to help children understand different types of drawing and how colours and materials can be mixed.

"The work on display, produced on self-directed projects, shows original and experimental visual investigations using a broad range of drawing media," explains Course leader Iain Sloan. "The results are exciting and challenging and the wide range of visual research undertaken by all will prove valuable in their future careers as primary subject leaders for Art."

• For more information about studying art at the University of Cumbria, visit the website at www.cumbria.ac.uk or call 0845 6061144. To find out more about the exhibition, contact art lecturers Iain Sloan or Andrea Brook on 01524 384363.

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