Rabbits and gooey chocolate provide inspiration for media make-up students

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THE traditional treats and sights of Easter have inspired Swindon College students to get creative.

Gabby Steel and Abi Bond created their own version of a Creme Egg on their model, while Elise Street and Sharn Rigley dreamed up an Easter rabbit.

Ellie Baskerville, course tutor for media make-up, said she was impressed with the standard.

“They were all really creative. They did this on top of what they do for their course and were more than happy to do it,” she said.

“They have learnt all the skills they used over the last couple of years with us. Their designs fitted the brief really well.”

Gabby and Abi, who are both second year National Extended Diploma in Production Arts students, dressed a wig around a wire frame for the top of their Creme Egg.

They painted foil for the wrapper and took inspiration for the make-up from the latest catwalk trends.

They syringed liquid body paint to make it look like it was streaming down the model’s face.

Elise and Sharn, who are second year HND Performing Arts Production students, also used a variety of techniques for their Easter rabbit.

The ears were made from false hair wrapped around wire frames.

They blacked out the eyebrows using wax and used a mixture of air brushing liquid body paint on to the body and free-hand painting for the rest of the design.

Ellie said: “Both groups designed the make-up and the wigs themselves and put it all together.”

The National Extended Diploma in Production Arts is designed for students who have a strong enthusiasm for fashion and theatrical make-up, hair and an interest in art and design.

During the programme, students learn a variety of specialist make-up, hairdressing and wig dressing techniques, as well as wig making, 2D and 3D artwork and are also introduced to prosthetic work.

The HND Performing Arts Production course helps students develop an understanding of the materials and techniques involved in the process of creating make-up for film and television.

The course includes wig making, body painting and consideration of issues such as casting and working with models.

Students also explore different effects in hair and make-up styling in the creation of the photographic image and planning a photographic shoot.

For more information about courses at Swindon College visit www.swindon-college.ac.uk.

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