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Posted 10.10.16

Team building and land art – students get creative at Looe beach

By Phillip Buchan

Nearly 86 new students aged 18 and over from our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design visited Looe beach to work together creating sand sculptures as part of an annual competition during their induction to the college.

Course leader Helen Markes said: "We have international students joining us this year from Germany and Spain, so I wanted to make sure that everyone on the course had a good introduction to the local area. Looe offers a vibrant and thriving community, something that we encourage our students to contribute to.

“The annual sand sculpture competition, which is now in its seventh year, is a great way for new students to get to know each other and work collaboratively, as well as beginning to learn about land art.”

The East Looe Town Trust awarded a £50 prize to the best sculpture created by students, in a competition judged by local contemporary glass artist, Sandy Horton, and local abstract painter, James Howe, who worked on the films Blade Runner and Excalibur.

"Having completed a Foundation myself, I realise the importance of communication, collaboration and creativity, and the students are certainly learning those skills." — James Howe, judge and local painter.

The Deputy Mayoress of Looe, Julie Gregory, was also in attendance, along with Chairman of the East Looe Town Trust, John Warne CB and Councillor Chris Rose.

Judges Sandy Horton and James Howe said: "We were really impressed by the way the students worked with one another to create very high standard sculptures. The students were very lucky with the weather conditions this year. Whilst some sculptures were more difficult than others, they overcame obstacles and worked as a team brilliantly.”

"We also felt that the groups galvanised well, no mean feat considering they had only known each other for five days. Having completed a Foundation myself, I realise the importance of communication, collaboration and creativity, and the students are certainly learning those skills."

The winners of the Sand Sculpture Competition 2016.

Our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is an intensive course that prepares post A-Level students for specialist BA (Hons) degree study in the creative arts.

Working across different disciplines through practical workshops and seminars, students learn through discovery, experimentation, and exploration, experiencing a broad range of media, materials, processes, resources and equipment to discover their own individual creative specialism within the arts.

The course is an excellent way for students to nurture their creativity and confidence, within a vibrant and creatively diverse environment that is a progressive gateway to the wider world of art and design, in Europe and beyond. Find out more about the Foundation Diploma here.

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