Photo gallery: Gorleston students turn industrial port into fine art
06:30 21 March 2013
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Industrial warehouses and fuel tanks line the riverside where the Yare sweeps into the North Sea.
And the harsh landscape is ignored by many as part of the grey backdrop of Great Yarmouth’s working port.
But aspiring artists have been capturing the romance of the bleak setting, with charcoal drawings of the scene.
Fine art students at East Norfolk Sixth Form College were helped by guest artist Katarzyna Coleman, who has a studio in South Denes.
And tutor Androulla Michael said the class of two dozen, aged 16 to 19, had come on leaps and bounds.
“They’ve all been really enthusiastic and surprised by how much they’ve achieved,” she said.
“It was a great opportunity for us to get an artist in, and we’re grateful as artists are quite private people.
“Those skills Katarzyna passed on are now going to help students in the exam unit.”
Students had walked from the Gorleston college to the quayside by Morrisons to take five-minute sketches of Yarmouth port, before transforming them into larger pieces in the studio.
And they were delighted with how their morning’s work panned out.
Sarah McLelland, 17 of Gorleston, said: “I found I’ve learned how to draw from real life and also work with different materials like charcoal.
“Doing the quick drawings while we were out were quite difficult as you have to get everything down and remember what the height was like.
“I’m very pleased with how it turned out.”
She added she hopes to use her artistic flair as a photographer when she starts her career.
Kieran Dobinson, 17, of Bradwell, said: “It’s been really interesting to find out what sort of styles a professional artist is using and I might take it into my own work.
“It’s difficult to get the tones right and get everything in proportion.”
The aspiring architect said the college course was preparing him well for a university degree.
Sheikha Gharib, 19, of Great Yarmouth, said it was challenging to sketch the port in the rain, but was pleased with her artwork.
Ms Coleman, who has been based in Yarmouth for 15 years, has a masters degree in fine art and worked as an art teacher before devoting all her time to the studio.
She said: “I wanted to come to the college to enthuse the students about art. We went out in the pouring rain to the harbour and the idea was to make a study of the site and develop it.
“They look for a composition and a focus point then make it to a much bigger size.
“They’ve been fantastic and I was really impressed.”
The fine art course at East Norfolk Sixth Form College has a 100pc pass rate and tutors say many go onto prestigious art universities such as Goldsmiths, Central St Martins and Norwich University of the Arts.