A former School Headteacher was the subject of our annual Portrait Competition this year.
The competition exists to give students a chance to pull out all their creative stops in a traditional portrait sitting, with a hint of friendly competitiveness to spark their enthusiasm.
Former School Headteacher John Rook sat for a pair of three hour sessions on consecutive days. He said:
It was wonderful to be asked and a fascinating experience.
The judges struggled to choose a winner, eventually giving equal top prize to Erin Willmott, 19 from Fleet, and Charlie Taylor, 18 from Farnborough.
Both of the winners have already been accepted onto degree courses. Erin Willmott has been accepted by UCA Farnham for BA (Hons) in Illustration and Charlie Taylor has been accepted to study BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting & Drawing at the University of Northampton.
Head of Media & Creative Arts at the college, Lawrence Magee, said:
The standard was very good this year, there were a lot of unique perspectives and styles and students took into account elements of Mr Rook’s past. I was particularly impressed with the one that distorted elements creating a beady eye reflecting his time as an inspector.
Jane Habgood, programme manager for Art and Design at the college said:
This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to work with time constraints and a live model. I’m really pleased with the standard achieved.
In total, 15 students entered the competition from various art courses and were provided with a choice of A1 canvas, board or card. The portraits will be on display at the college until the end of the autumn term.
To find out about our range of courses in Art, Design, Fashion and Photography for school leavers, visit our Art Design and Fashion course listing.
For mature students who missed out on formal qualifications at college, an Access to Higher Education Diploma is available in Art, Design and Photography in order to prepare students for progression to university-level courses.