When the college term came to a sudden and abrupt end in March this year, students across the country were thrown into uncharted waters, and had to adapt quickly to a different kind of learning. However, despite the worrying situation, the experience acted as a catalyst for creativity for some.

Under normal circumstances, students on the Art Foundation course at Coleg Menai's Parc Menai campus would develop their pieces in studios, with all the equipment and space they needed. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the subsequent restrictions enforced on the public, their studio space became a 'no-go' area.

Not to be hindered by this, the students continued to work on their projects at home, with some striking results.

Lecturer Owein Prendergast explained,

I have been massively impressed by the students' continued determination, and also the way in which their art has adapted and changed over this very strange period. We have regular Google hangouts to discuss their work, which gives them the opportunity to present to me as their lecturer, and to their fellow students. I think that this pandemic has sparked a certain kind of inventiveness in the students, which has shaped their output dramatically. Very exciting to see!

The WJEC Art Foundation course in Bangor is free, with no tuition fees! If Art and Design is your thing, and you want to know more, feel free to contact lecturer Owein Prendergast: o.prendergast@gllm.ac.uk

For more information on all our Art and Design courses, please visit www.gllm.ac.uk/art