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On Tuesday 7th March 2017, seven A Level photographers travelled from Leatherhead station to Russell Square, London to attend The Creative Process Art and Design study day at the Institute of Education. This event, designed for A Level, Foundation and BA (Hons) students gives well-renowned designers, crafts men, photographers and artists a platform to share the context of their practice. Therfield’s A Level photographers keenly attended to listen to presentations by; Rebecca Wright, Roz Hall, Martin Parr and Grayson Perry. Making notes and recording the speeches by these established practioners enables students to evidence research and ideas gained for AO1 (Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding – worth 25% of each unit). Students heard each practitioner discuss the context of their practice and research in talks lasting 50 minutes each.

Rebecca Wright-

Rebecca Wright is the Programme Director of Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins and co-wrote Design Diaries: Creative Process in Graphic Design. Therfield photographers heard Wright promote Graphic Design, giving examples of how it exists all around us, how it educates, informs, entertains and persuades, influencing how we experience and understand the word around us, yet it is still so easily overlooked. The talk revealed the role of Graphic Design and explored how we are a part of it, willing or not. Therfield students were stunned to have revealed to them the subliminal messaging within the FedEx symbol. The white arrow between the violet letter ‘E’ and the orange letter ‘x’, which subconsciously and cunningly informs us of the purpose of this company and what it represents. Nadiye Killick says of Wright ‘I found Rebecca Wright to be most difficult practitioner to connect my work to because our practices are so different. Despite this she taught me that Graphic Design is not just about logo’s and branding, that it is present in everything we use and has the means to make or break a process – ultimately controlling how we do something’.

Roz Hall-

Roz Hall is a digital artist, specialising in portraiture created on tablet and mobile devices. Students heard in detail of how his Art work blurs the boundaries between Contemporary Art and personal and social media. His pioneering paintings have been exhibited worldwide. Therfield photographers left the lecture for lunch, buzzing with enthusiasm for processes involved in his work. The interactive talk explored the ‘new medium’ of the iPad and digital Art. Hall identified connections between his practice and that of David Hockney, Benjamin Rape, Ron Lethemen and Kyle Lambert. His techniques were demonstrated to a captivated crowd of students in Logan Hall, showing how to successfully create a successful painting on a tablet/mobile device. Despite our photographers not specialising in ‘digital painting’ or the practice of Fine Artists, they were enamoured by the editing techniques revealed during the talk and made notes to record the various stages of Hall’s ‘visual layering’.

Martin Parr-

Martin Parr was our students’ favourite speaker during the lecture day. He is considered one of this country’s leading photographers. Whilst he demonstrated how his images are highly original and entertaining, he also showed how they reflect how society presents itself and what is valued most. He spoke about his approach as a Photographer and Therfield students took particular note of his process in photographing the same subject using different camera set ups, which reveal different textures and levels of detail. They were excited by his practice of using a flash in the daytime to exaggerate weather conditions and texture. They were also keen to adopt his idea of using a waterproof camera so that they can record documentary scenes accurately in any weather. Hannah Munro said of Parr ‘he was my favourite speaker because he showed us through his journey and how his work is constantly changed. Miss Upson always says to us that our work should always be evolving and his practice therefore relates to ours’.

Grayson Perry-

Turner Prize-winner Grayson Perry was the most outspoken and controversial of all the speakers in the day. His work is original and provocative. He showed a wide range of work spanning his career from his early Art education (aged sixteen) to present day. He presented examples of how he uses traditional forms such as ceramics and tapestries in unconventional ways to comment on injustice, hypocrisy, consumer culture, creativity, taste and class. He discussed how we can be creative in an age which embraces both traditional and digital approaches to Art.