Feb 24 2017

Whitecliffe x Newmarket Scholarship Blog

Newmarket has a longstanding relationship with Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, with the Newmarket Young Fashion Designer Awards having been a key feature of local fashion awards for 7 years. In 2017, the award has evolved to become a Young Creative Scholarship, where one student will have their first 2 years of study financially supported by Newmarket. Ophelia Kingdon is the 2017 recipient of the scholarship and will be blogging about her journey as a first year fashion student here…..


My first few days at Whitecliffe have gone by in a flash – three days of orientation and one day of classes.

The first time my classmates and I were spoken to as a cohort, we were immediately told that we are at Whitecliffe because we are all artists. That if we’re not here to be an artist, if we go home and take on another persona nothing to do with what we are studying at Whitecliffe, we are at the wrong place. It was immediately apparent that everyone in the room was indeed at the right place. 

On the first morning of orientation, I was introduced to the staff and tutors – most of which spoke to us briefly about how the year is going to flow. We were given all the basic logistics of the school. Where classes are held, how they will function, and how this will change and progress throughout the year. 

Fashion is the only choice of Major which is taught right from the beginning of the first year, meaning that I can look forward to my fashion classes beginning straight away.

It is so exciting to be somewhere that is solely arts orientated, with access to all of its facilities and research archives to help me to be as informed about my studies as possible throughout this year.

I’m ready for whatever this year has in store for me!

Month One – March:

In year one for all art students at Whitecliffe, we all take 3 classes that are consistent for all students regardless of their choice of major. These classes are Design, Drawing, and Materials and Processes. Each  of these classes has the aim developing various skills that are important for any young designer and artist. 

The first month has been pretty hectic. Learning new terminology and an entire new approach to work. It couldn’t be further from the realities of my last year at high school in 2016, but in the best way possible. It’s busy, but it’s fun, and I am enjoying every minute of it. My workload hardly even feels like work because the kind of assignments I am being given are the sorts of things that I have enjoyed doing in my own spare time in the past. 

Drawing is an important skill to master because it is all about noticing and seeing, something which you wouldn’t usually take the time to do in everyday life. To really look at something. The funny thing – and the thing I am constantly reminded with drawing – is to try and stop drawing what you think should be there, but to really look, and draw what is actually there. This is harder than you’d think. 

I have been participating in life drawing classes on Wednesday mornings. These I find really interesting because it isn’t often you get the opportunity to look at the human form solely for observational purposes. The human body is also quite unforgiving, so the proportions must be perfectly right. This drawing practice will most certainly come in handy later in the year when my fashion classes properly kick later in the year and i begin to do my own fashion

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