Guest Speaker: Coby Slager comes to talk to the Photography students

Coby Slager (left) guest speaking at the WITT Certificate in Photography class.

A big thank you to local Taranaki photographer, Coby Slager, who came in to speak to the WITT Certificate in Photography students. Coby shared her knowledge and experience with the class, discussing what it can be like moving from study to being in the business of photography. It was great for the students to talk with someone who has been there and has real-world advice! Thank you for sharing some of your beautiful images with us. Check out her work at www.slager.co.nz.

Congratulations to 2015 Graduate Class!

Pipers lead the way for the WITT 2015 graduation parade

Congratulations to our graduate class of 2015! This year we are excited to have 21 Diploma of Creative Technologies students graduating from their 2 year course. From all of us here at WITT Art, Design and Media we wish you wonderful adventures as you move forward in your careers. Here are a few shots from the night (credit to Ingrid van Amsterdam and Yu Ping Pan for the photos).

Some of the Diploma of Creative Technologies graduates gather for a group shot

Tutors assemble on stage for the 2015 graduation ceremony

Inside the TSB Showplace for the 2015 graduation ceremony

The WITT Art, Design and Media portion of the graduate parade through New Plymouth CBD

2015 graduands on their parade through town

Tutor Geraldine Guy and graduate Yu Ping Pan

 

String Drawing Workshop with Waitara High School

Last week WITT Art, Design and Media hosted a class of Waitara High School art students for a string drawing workshop, with WITT tutor Ged Guy. The students learnt drawing techniques using non-traditional materials, and got to experiment with creating a drawing up on the wall. Several WITT Art students’ had their large scale work-in-progress on display as exemplars for the Waitara students. Many thanks to Waitara art teacher Amber McFadyen for bringing this creative bunch to visit!

WITT Diploma student wins awards

WITT Diploma student wins awards


DCT 2nd year student Dion Roodt  won 1 silver and 1 bronze Award in the student category of the NZIPP iris professional photography awards In Rotorua.  A silver award is given to images that are judged to have “ Creative flair, strong communication and technique”.  A bronze award is given for images that show “Very high standard of professional practice craft and skill”.

 

2014 Visual Arts Diploma Exhibition

2014 Visual Arts Diploma Exhibition
​Students from the Diploma in Creative Technologies (level 6) have just begun the  Year 2 Visual Arts Exhibition course that culminates in a public exhibition. The Exhibition opensFriday, November 14th (6pm) and closes on Thursday, Nov 27th at 4pm.

Opening Hours:  10am – 4pm > 7 days per week.

A  total of 22 students will be showing their work in the F. Block open space and it will be a wide and varying show with many opportunities to engage and invest in a range of visual art work  – drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, graphics and moving image based work (animation & video) on show.

Students also design and publish an exhibition catalogue that is available on the opening night and for the duration of the show.

A photo time lapse will take place  on the opening night and will be posted on line (including photos of all the work).

 

‘Top Art’ – NCEA Top Art Aug 25-29 at WITT

‘Top Art’ – NCEA Top Art Aug 25-29 at WITT
​The Top NCEA Art boards from around NZ  can be viewed at WITT from Monday, August 25th to 28th in F. Block Art’s large open space (just along from the Cafe).  Schools and public most welcome.

 

String Drawings

Students were asked use alternative materials (rather than the traditional pencil and charcoal) to convey contemporary drawing concepts. As well as using non-traditional drawing media, students also had to look at creating different sized works – one wall-sized and one small work. This senior class, led by tutor and HoD Ged Guy, is part of the Diploma of Creative Technologies.

Above and below: Jessie Allen

Above: Natasha Waterson

Above: Ebony Canwell-Walker

Above: Matt Barnes

Above: Will Bennett

Above: Josh Sands

Above and below: Olivia Nielsen

Above: Natasha Waterson

Above: Linda Barbour

Above: Holly Burman

Above and below: Ryan Clark

Above and below: Courtney Oliver

Above and below: Billy Ray Smith

Above and below: Matt Harland

Above and below: Jessamae Zamora

Design Student Field Trip

Senior design students from the Print Media 2 and Web Media 2 classes joined together for a field trip of local industry. We were delighted to visit TGM Design and Razz Print. A big thank your to Andrea and Roland for giving the students tours of your studios.

Above, left to right: Elle Brennan, Jessie Allen, Andrea Leadbetter (TGM Design), Ethan Ranford-Nickson, Philippa Berry Smith (Tutor), Mae Zamora, Jaycee Burwell, Chloe Reid, and Christine Baylis.

Above: students at TGM Design surrounding designer Julia Berry (seated).

Above: Our visit to Razz Print, with students standing in front of the offset printing press. Left to right: Philippa Berry Smith (Tutor), Mae Zamora (front), Roland Woods (Owner), Chloe Reid (back), Elle Brennan, Jaycee Burwell (back eyes closed sorry Jaycee!), Jessie Allen, Christine Baylis, Ethan Ranford-Nickson (who is standing on a step and is not a giant!), Dave the printer (obscured).

Art Open Day Feb 2014

Are you considering a creative career?

WITTart is having an open day where prospective students can come along and meet the tutors. You can learn about the different courses we offer and explore our fantastic arts facilities. It’s not too late to enrol for 2014!

We have courses from 6 months through to 2 years, and you can study certificates or diploma level. Courses cover topics such as photography, graphic design, printmaking, sculpture, painting, drawing, computer graphics, animation, web design, video, and theory.

Come along Tuesday 18th February

F Block – WITT campus

10am – 3pm

Got a question? Can’t make it in? Call the Art Department (06) 7587178 extension 8778

Typography field trip to TATATM Museum

Yesterday the Typography 1 class took a trip out to the Taranaki Aviation and Technology Museum (TATATM). We were kindly looked after by Alan Penfold, Colin Ansell, and Rob Clarkson. Special thanks also go to Terry Foster who helped organise this event.

The day involved each student hand-setting a quote in metal type, then printing a proof. Students were expected to create a concept sketch to work from, and select their typeface/s from either the handset metal type or Ludlow hot type options.

Above: a piece of hot type.

Above: students working out which typefaces to use for their design.

Above: Alan introducing student to lead type.

Above: a font. This one is Univers.

Above: Alan shows Tasha how to use a composing stick to make a line of lead type.

Above: Rob helps students find and select typefaces.

Above: Dion and Chloe begin to compose their first lines of lead type.

Above: Mae composing a line of type.

Above: The word “start” in the composing stick.

Above: Using leading and furniture to space out the lines of type.

Above: Dez working on her concept design, which Billy and Ryan plan their designs.

Above: Temple chose a Ludlow hot type typeface, and is being shown how to set a line by Colin.

Above: The Intertype and Linotype machines.

Above: a typecase.

Above: Jaycee and Shannon selecting lead type from the typecases.

Above: an example of the decorative ornaments available. This one is a pointing hand.

Above: Colin casting a line of hot type on the Ludlow.

Above: Tasha holds a very warm “K”.

Above: Ryan sets out his lead type using a script typeface.

Above: changing fonts is heavy work! Here Ryan swaps his font for the fourth time… kept finding there were letters missing!

Above: using a roller to ink-up the type in the proof press.

Above: placing paper on the freshly inked type.

Above: Rolling the roller over the type to make an impression.

Above: Chloe was the first to proof-print her design.

Above: Tasha inking up the roller.

Above: and placing the paper.

Above: using the press.

Above: Ta-da!

Above: Rob assisting Aaron with his Ludlow type.

Above: A busy class hard at work. It was cold in the workshop but the amount of activity kept us warm! Spot your tutor for extra points.

Above: cleaning ink off the metal type.

Above: Rob brushes dust off some metal type prior to inking it.

Above: Elle with her freshly-printed design.

Above: Ebony working the ink roller like a pro.

Above: a design all tied up with string and ready to print.

Above: Mae inking up the roller, watched on by Colin.

Above: proof prints next to the metal type.

Above: Billy using the proofing press to print…

…this.

Above: all sorts. Used for spacing out metal type.

Above: a typecase handle.

Above: inside a typecase.

Above: Alan helping Ryan find suitable sized spacing material.

Above: a 1923 Type Specimen book.

Above: Laughter as we see just how backwards Billy’s typesetting really is!

Above: Lisa’s design uses a heated embossing powder to make it shiny.

Above: the whole crew. Left to right: Ryan, Lisa, Dion, Billy, Jaycee, Tasha, Alan, Chloe, Dez, Colin, Elle, Mae, Ebony, Shannon, Aaron, Temple, and Rob. Philippa is behind the camera.

A big THANK YOU to the friendly guys at TATATM for allowing us to come and experience hand-set lead type. A wonderful experience.