Art and Design students from West Cheshire College showcased their creative skills by hosting an end of year Art and Design Exhibition.

The students, who are studying a range of courses including HND, BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3, as well as Level 1 and 2 art courses, were given six weeks to research, design and create their works of art.

The students selected their own themes and displayed them in the College’s Art department which was transformed into an art gallery for members of the public, staff and students to visit.

Student Kate Manchester, from Chester, said: “I created a collection of art titled ‘Pandora’s Inbox’; an exploration in placing traditional monsters into modern settings.

“It took six weeks to produce four large paintings on card, using biro and watercolour. It really made me challenge myself and I thoroughly enjoyed the process.”

Harry Roberts, 22, from Ellesmere Port, who is studying Access to Higher Education – Art & Design, said: “The exhibition was really well put together, it was fantastic to see a whole array of different ideas and themes come together.

“My initial idea was to create a selection of promotional products for a band’s first debut album.

“I worked with a wide range of different techniques, from Photoshop to photography, digital, film and Polaroid. Experimentation is what I enjoy and the facilities at College really help me push my ideas to that next level.

“My final piece was a design which I am very proud of and reflects my graphical design skills I have picked up over the year.”

Harry is now going to university in September to study BA (hons) in Graphic Design and Fine Art.

Aaron Jones, 19, from Chester, who is studying the Art & Design Foundation course, said: “My final project consisted of a piece of Cantilever Architecture that is supposed to have an unstable look.

“It took approximately four weeks to research and design the final piece and a further two weeks to produce. I was able to really challenge myself during the project and show my personal flare which was great.

“After completing this course at the College, I will hopefully be studying Architecture at Leeds Beckett University. I feel West Cheshire College has put me in great stead to take the next step, and I am very excited.”

Pete Foster, Art and Design Tutor at West Cheshire College, said: “The Art and Design exhibition was fantastic.

“We have some really talented students here who have worked incredibly hard to produce some excellent pieces.

“It was a great experience for our students to be involved in this and visitors gave really positive feedback about the artwork which has boosted the confidence of our students.”

For more information about studying Art & Design at West Cheshire College, call the College hotline on 01244 656555 or visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk