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Art and Design learners at Lewisham College created a multimedia time-based art installation taking inspiration from the five elements: fire, water, earth, wood, and metal. The theme was explored through various mediums such as sculpture, photography, film, and technology.

As part of the project, the learners first created masks based on an element before collaborating in groups to create a film that was projected for audiences to watch. In addition, the learners created their own Zoetrope - a device that creates the illusion of moving images - allowing them to explore the advent of animation and motion pictures.

The inspiration for the artwork came from a visit to the South London Gallery, where learners viewed an exhibition by artist Rita Keegan. Students were also inspired by the work of mixed media artists, such as Bruce Nauman, Bill Viola, and Jennet Thomas.

Gerard Garvey, principal at Lewisham College, said: “It has been fantastic to see the variety of art created and displayed by our learners in this installation. Exhibitions like this are a great way of sharing the hard work and creativity of learners while also enriching the environment for the College’s community.”

Art and Design learner, Isra Shah, commented: “The part of the project I enjoyed the most was creating the masks and then making the short film, which I found interesting because it was experimental. I have stepped outside of my comfort zone with the project which has allowed me to learn more artistic techniques.”

The exhibition provided learners with the opportunity to explore different artistic mediums before creating their final major projects in the summer term.

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