International students show their artwork in online gallery

The creative ideas of 41 international students from De Montfort University Leicester's Leicester International Pathway College (LIPC) have been featured in a sketchbook show and online gallery.

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Sketches of paintings, drawings, photography, embroidery, paper collages, digital designs, fashion accessories and clothing were among the vivid items produced by the LIPC students earlier this month for a five-hour Art and Design Sketchbook Show and Open Studio at The Art Factory on campus.

LIPC, which opened in summer 2014 and recently passed its full Quality Assurance Agency report with flying colours, helps prepare international students for entry on to DMU degree programmes. Students from 58 nations study there.

This show, on June 8, featured work from the college’s International Year Zero students – those on four-year integrated degrees – who are enrolled on its Art and Design courses.

Art and Design tutor Zoe Van-de-Velde said the students were excited to showcase their work and added: “It was a sketchbook open studio show where visitors could walk around and go into the students’ spaces to look at their sketchbooks. The students work on portfolio projects over the duration of two terms and the work they showed was their major project.”  

“The sketchbooks featured lots of different media and materials depending on their continuation route into university. So fashion students used fabrics and textiles, using different stitching and embroidery or created paper collages whereas photography students showed a variety of techniques or their skills using digital editing software.”

It is the third year running that LIPC has held the sketchbook show and this year there were also digital versions for people to look at online.

A total of 28 students who started at LIPC in September 2016 were split into two groups with a challenge issued to see whose website gallery could achieve the most hits.

* Find out more about the LIPC
* International Pathway College passes full review with flying colours
* Diversity a strength for LIPC

Zoe explained: “They showed their final work in a digital format with the idea that people could see this from anywhere in the world, which we thought was particularly useful as they are international students.  The websites were launched on the day of the show with a live launch event.

“When they were launched it was a contest to see who could get the most traffic to their website through marketing and publicity which gave the show a real-world context.”

Students from Fashion, Textiles, Fine Art, Contour Fashion, Photography, Design Crafts and Footwear courses made up the I+Art+De team while students from Architecture, Architectural Technology, Graphic Design, Graphic Design and Illustration, Game Art, Animation, Product Design and Interior Design courses comprised the Project Limitless team. The winners were Project Limitless.

Posted on Thursday 29th June 2017

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