End-of-year exhibition is big success at college

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ART students marked the end of Year 11 with a GCSE art and textiles exhibition, which opened with a private view event.

The newly elected Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor David Fuller and Deputy Lady Mayoress Mrs Leza Tremorin attended the event at St John’s College in Southsea along with school parents and staff.

Together they viewed students’ work over wine and canapés, and had an opportunity to speak to the student artists themselves.

A-level art student Katherine Bryan guided the Deputy Lord Mayor and Deputy Lady Mayoress around the exhibition, explaining the many techniques and styles used.

Nineteen GCSE art students showcased their work, which they produced over the two-year course, along with nine students from the GCSE textiles course.

With each student interpreting the coursework brief slightly differently, the exhibition was a vibrant and varied display of coastal-themed drawings, paintings, and photographs.

Lee Hayes, parent of Year 11 textiles student Ellie, attended the exhibition.

He said: ‘The standard of every student’s work is very impressive.

‘Ellie’s love of the coast and the sea was clearly expressed in her work.’

Asheya Begum, 16, chose to study GCSE textiles because of her love of sowing.

She said: ‘I took my inspiration from textile artist Holly Levell and decided to focus my coursework on creating food items.

‘My favourite piece is the sherbet dib-dab.

‘I have really enjoyed this course – as our class was small we could talk about each other’s work and share ideas more easily.’