Aimee Lyon, a Foundation Art and Design student, recently returned from New York after successfully winning a place on a two-week scholarship at the New York Studio School.
The two-week scholarship is an on-going partnership between the two colleges and has been running for six years. Aimee won her place on the scholarship after presenting a convincing case to her tutors outlining why she should be chosen.
Aimee travelled across the Atlantic to join other students at the school and was able to gain a wider understanding of art, learn from world-renowned tutors, and take part in valuable critique sessions.
Aimee said: “It was such an amazing and memorable experience and I was able to get a glimpse of a possible future life I could have.
The scholarship lasted for two weeks and it wasn’t until four weeks before the trip that I found out that I had been successful. Before I knew it, I was in the middle of New York City and it was incredible.
I flew from Gatwick by myself and stayed in an Air B’n’B not too far from the Studio School in Lower Manhattan. The School specialises in drawing, painting, and sculpture, and each day I would join life drawing classes and then spend a couple of hours each evening taking part in critiques.
I think I was the youngest person in the class, as most students were studying MFAs (Masters in Fine Art), but I didn’t mind because it was really constructive and nice to hear people, who have more experience than me, say nice things about my work. Even established painters were complimenting my work.
Class started at 9am and finished at 6pm. I found it quite challenging to concentrate on the same thing for so long, but it was really rewarding.
In my spare time, during the evenings and the weekends, I was a typical tourist. I went to the Rockefeller building, spent an hour in Time Square, got the ferry over to Staten Island, visited the 9/11 memorial site, went to Macy’s, and spent lots of time exploring all the different galleries.
As I have said it was a great experience and I have learnt so much. To be honest, I’m not sure what I will take most from it; whether it was the actual art lessons, or growing as a person.
I learnt lots about how to draw, and space and representation, which is so helpful because I work in 3 Dimensions. But personally, the experience has given me so much confidence. I was here by myself so I had no choice but to speak to people and make friends. That also helped me to understand where I stood on my opinions on a lot of things to do with art. During class and the critiques I opposed a lot of people, which I didn’t expect to do. I really liked getting into discussions with people about their work and listening to what they had to say about my weird shapes.”
Aimee has just completed her year-long Art & Design Foundation diploma and will be joining Goldsmiths, University of London in September to study a degree in Fine Art.
Staff and students at Sussex Coast College Hastings were treated to a Mexican themed summer festival to celebrate the end of the academic year.
Supported Education students held their Mexican Fiesta in the atrium at Station Plaza on Thursday 21st June.
The students had been exploring the culture and art of Mexico and put together an afternoon of themed music, dance, acting, food and refreshments for friends, family, and staff to enjoy.
The entertainment kicked-off with a Mariachi band and the Jarabe Tapatio (Mexican hat dance), followed by an Aztec folk tale, presented with drama and dance.
The students were involved in all aspects of the production not only in the roles of performers but also as scenery painters and the makers of props. Food was prepared in their catering and enrichment sessions, and the Aztec relief sculptures, Mexican Milagros (lucky charms), drawings and paintings based on the Day of the Dead, were all made in the weeks leading up to the show.
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Sussex Coast College Hastings Cabin Crew lecturer, Louiza Tryphonos, has been named as the FE Sussex Member Vocational Teacher of the Year at the Sussex Teacher of the Year Awards.
Some of the county’s best teachers gathered in Brighton on Wednesday 13th June to attend the inaugural event organised by children’s charity School Inspirational Services.
Louiza Tryphonos was delighted to win the award and said: “It is an honour and privilege to win this award and I was equally delighted and shocked to win. I have to thank my wonderful students for making this possible and making my job so worthwhile and rewarding.
All of the teachers who were nominated are all winners in my eyes, as they help to inspire young people right across the county every single day.”
School and College are almost done for another year, now it’s time to relax and enjoy the summer!
Many of you may have already booked holidays, but if you don’t have anything planned, you’re up for some extreme fun, and fancy a little road trip across the UK, then you should definitely read on and check out our Top 5 ‘thrill-seeker’ activities to do this summer.
Adrenaline Quarry // Cornwall
Adrenaline Quarry does exactly what it says on the tin. It is an old abandoned quarry fully of adrenaline fuelled rides.
You can launch yourself off the edge of a cliff and fly down the UK’s maddest zip wire which is almost 500 metre long. How about a go on a giant cliff top swing which hangs 150ft above a lake? Or why not try unleashing your inner savage and get busy hurling axes – it’s like darts, but with axes!
Open every day until October, from 10am - 5pm and prices start at £12.50.
Inflatable Aqua Park // Chichester
If you’re a fan of the TV show Total Wipe-out then why not give it a go for yourself in Chichester.
The 40 acre fresh water lake has become the hub for water-based activities in West Sussex and the newly expanded Aqua Park, featuring climbing frames, slides, and trampolines, provides you with a challenging and tricky obstacle course for you and your mates to make your way around.
Open throughout the summer and it is £15 for 1 hour.
Capital Go Kart // London
Put the pedal to the metal and race around the UK’s longest indoor go kart track.
The Capital Go Karts track is 1,050 metres of professionally designed race course waiting to be put to the test. It is three times the length of a standard indoor go karting track and has been designed to offer an unbeatable racing experience for maximum enjoyment.
Open every day from 9am until Midnight (excluding Mondays) and prices start from £27.50.
Zip World Slate Caverns // North Wales
Zip World in North Wales has some pretty cool stuff, but what really caught our attention was Bounce Below. Jumping, swinging, and bouncing around this former slate mine takes us back to the mid-90s when we were introduced to Lara Croft Tomb Raider on the Playstation 1.
£20 for 1 hour if you are between 7 and 17 years old or £25 if over 18.
Zombie School // Worcestershire
If you’re anything like us then you’ve probably got a Zombie Apocalypse plan in place, but have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually be a zombie?
At Zombie School you will learn how to fit right in with the un-dead and become one of the horde. You will be given full zombie make-up and full training so you can master the skills of biting, gurgling, stumbling, and moaning.
Prices start at £24.99 for 3 hours, and you must be at least 16 years old.
To celebrate Women in Engineering Day on Saturday 23rd June, we caught up with Engineering Apprentice, Lilly James, to ask her about her job and course, and to hear her thoughts about being a woman in the industry.
“Hi, I’m Lily and I have been an engineering apprentice for almost a year. I work at Torr Scientific, a local engineering company, as a scientific glassblower, which is quite unusual, but really cool.
I’ve always enjoyed making arts and crafts, and the role as a glassblower really appealed to me, so I thought I would apply. Being able to learn and work in an industry that I genuinely enjoy is immensely satisfying and the fact that I can learn practical skills in metalwork, which will be useful at work and in everyday life, and get paid, is great.
I love engineering, but I was a little worried at first when I discovered I was the only woman in the class at college. However, I have been treated with nothing but respect and as an equal, and made to feel comfortable and accepted.
I do understand though that for some women, especially in the past, it has been a long hard road to be accepted and to be on equal footing. Even now, there may be women in the industry who have their opinions overlooked by customers, and even colleagues, purely because of their gender, and that’s not acceptable.
I have enjoyed the past year at work and college. I had never done any metalwork before, so everything at college was brand new to me. A typical day at college is usually in the workshop doing practical tasks on the machines, whether that is turning, milling, welding or fabricating various tools to specification of engineers’ drawings.
At work I’ve learnt a lot in glassblowing. Our current main output is parts for Geiger counters, as well as various other small jobs I’ve been learning about. Recently, I have taken on more responsibility and been able to teach one of the new trainees some of the skills I have learnt over the past year.
My plans for the future are to stay with my current employer, learn more skills, and progress to the point where I am a competent and experienced glassblower.
I think that Women in Engineering Day is a great and important way to draw attention to the lack of women in the industry. I hope that this day is able to inspire young girls to want to work in the industry. I also hope that it helps us to reach a point where women in engineering becomes normal and that women are treated the same as men; being judged on the quality of their work without gender bias.”
National Women in Engineering Day was launched for the first time in the UK on 23rd June 2014 and aims to raise awareness and encourage more women to get into the sector.
In 2017, a survey revealed that only 11% of the engineering workforce in the UK was female (wisecampaign.org.uk). Government statistics also show that the UK is lagging behind other European countries such as Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus, who have almost 30% of women in engineering roles (Gov.uk).
Sussex Coast College Hastings offers a number of full-time, part-time, and apprenticeship engineering courses, including degree level, throughout the year and is still taking applications for the next academic year starting in September 2018.
Visit www.sussexcoast.ac.uk for more information.
Students and staff came together at Sussex Coast College Hastings last Wednesday evening (13th June) to celebrate a year of academic and personal achievements.
Over 150 guests filled the atrium at the Station Plaza campus to celebrate another fantastic twelve months and end the year on a high.
Students from across the college were recognised for their outstanding achievements and dedication to their studies. Three students then received special recognition for their contribution to college life, their outstanding achievements, and their determination to overcome personal barriers to succeed.
Jim Sharpe, Principal of Sussex Coast College Hastings and University Centre Hastings, said: “We had a fantastic evening celebrating at the student awards with our friends and family. I know that everyone has worked so hard during the last year, and the awards evening is a great way to recognise and celebrate this. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped to make the evening a success and would like to wish everyone all the best for the future.”