To celebrate the private view and opening of Camberwell College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show 2014 today, we’ve met with students and graduates to talk about their work and future plans.
MA Fine Art Digital Online graduate Laila Hassan shares her work from iPad to Canvas
CCA: What has your experience at Camberwell been like?
LH: I liked my experience at Camberwell a lot. I couldn’t imagine at the beginning that studying art online could be that beneficial but honestly the course turned out to be exactly what I needed at that time. The chats were very interesting and the tutorials were always timely when I needed them. The blog is definitely a must and is a very effective tool in tracking the progress throughout the MA course, definitely contributing to the process of self-understanding. The online library is a great source for information and it is a big plus that we are allowed access to this library even after graduation. The MA group, including our course leader, are all wonderful people, cultured and co-operative.
My only suggestion for improvement particularly for online students would be to have a list of suggested extra readings during the course and online lectures that we could listen to on our own time. Online students do miss many events, unfortunately.
CCA: What did you find was the most valuable technical skill you learnt whilst studying at the College?
LH: I cannot say that there is a certain technical skill that I learnt extensively during my studies, yet the exposure was so great. Some of the tasks we were asked to do included video and sound editing, so it was a good chance to understand those techniques. Through the access of Lynda.com I was able to understand many techniques I was looking for.
My work throughout the course was mainly painting on the iPad, and this made me keen to understand and experiment with every app that is created for painting and drawing. That all gave me a new scope of work.
I was also introduced to Processing, which I never heard of before. Unfortunately, there was not sufficient time for me to practice it and become proficient in its use.
CCA: Please tell us about your work?
LH: The direction of my work during the MA course was actually not at all what I had planned at the onset and was quite unexpected. Over the past two years, I was fortunate to discover my passion for painting on the iPad, so I used it as an easy tool to record my inspirations. . I was not sure then why I called some of my paintings sketches and some paintings. Looking back at the blog and my work I realise that the ones I called sketches were just to try the apps and paint nice scenes using some interesting painting techniques.
The iPad paintings that I like are the ones I chose to create on canvas, and perhaps will develop them on other media later on.
CCA: What will you be showcasing in your degree show?
LH: I am showcasing 4 paintings created with acrylics on canvas. To their side will be 2 video installations showing the creation process of 2 paintings that I have created on the iPad using the app ProCreate.
CCA: What was your inspiration?
LH: My biggest inspiration was the Egyptian revolution with all it’s dramatic events and all the challenges Egypt has been facing in the past few years.
CCA: What are your plans after you graduate?
LH: I wish to continue executing some of my iPad paintings and other artwork to have a collection that I can showcase in my first solo exhibition, hopefully in winter. I plan to use other paintings for printing purposes like T-shirts and stationery. I am still thinking it over. I feel they could represent Egyptian culture in a different light.
In addition, I will continue working as a freelance graphic designer in the field of advertising
CCA: Any advice for fellow or future students?
LH: I advise them to look at their work from the outside, as if it is not theirs, and to try and understand the reasons behind any negative or positive comments on their work. They should also make use of every moment of inspiration, never allowing it to pass by. It might not come back.