Creative students from Stockton Riverside College look set to take the world by storm judging from the work showcased in the summer exhibition this week.

Art and design students joined forces with creative makeup learners in a show that was filled with colour, bright lights and a touch of gore!

Heading up the art and design course, Liz Dixon said: “We are incredibly proud of the students. The standard of the work is out of this world.

“It has been a fun but busy year with lots of guest-speakers, trips and events. Now seeing the work on display makes it all worth the hard work, the stress and even the odd tear.

“As our second years move on, we look forward to seeing what they go on to achieve.”

Awards were presented to some of the high achievers. Many students are now progressing to university. Liz is confident there’s bright futures in the creative industries ahead.

Ellie, 18, of Ingleby Barwick, is off to study graphic design at Teesside University. A new direction she discovered while on a work placement.

She said: “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do at first, but after going on placement and working on a brand I really enjoyed it.”

Of coming to the end of the course at Stockton Riverside College, she added: “I can’t fault it, I have loved every second.”

For creative arts students, exhibition day puts their skills to the ultimate test as learners have eight hours against the clock to make their vision come to life.

Live models demonstrated everything from a more gruesome homage to Disney, to tropical rainforests, to the Mondrian-inspired fashion of Yves Saint Laurent.

Sophie, 17, said: “The theme we were given was, Makeup is Art. From that I wanted to base my design around designers who create their fashion around works of art.”

Self-confessed “Disney-obsessed” Benjamin, 18, combined a love for the illustrated film characters with complex prosthetic skills mastered on the course.

While Layne, 18, was inspired by the work of photo editing artist, Maggie Taylor.

Putting the result of what was hours of work on display with a live model, Layne, who is off to York University, said: “It feels amazing but also a bit nerve-wracking.”

Course leader Nina Harper said: “What the students have achieved is incredible and all finished in time. I wanted the theme to work alongside the art exhibition, and the students all took that in their own unique direction.

“This final project takes 10-weeks of planning, research and sampling and in that time everything can change, but all of that is part of the process.

“While the students will have practised elements of their design, today tends to be the first time they see all those elements come together. The results are spectacular.”

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