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Ace visit to Ayson’s

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May 08, 2018

Meg Doller and RSC year 11 and 12 students with Stewart Ayson and Sandra Wade in front of Ayson’s Cottage. Photo: Barbara McCarty.

A COLLABORATION between Rochester Secondary College and local business Ayson’s Cottage is providing senior design students with an opportunity to work with a real client.

Year 11 and 12 visual communication design (VCD) students visited Ayson’s Cottage to explore the property and discuss the business’s design needs with owners Stewart Ayson and Sandra Wade.

Through conversations with Stewart and Sandra, students gained a thorough overview of the business and an understanding of the couple’s plans for the future.

VCD teacher Meg Doller said students will use this information to inspire a range of new designs within the communication, industrial and environmental design fields.

‘‘During the visit students captured the essence of Ayson’s Cottage in words and images,’’ she said.

‘‘They recorded sketches and photographs of colours, textures, objects, landscaping, the surrounding environment and the architecture of the Californian bungalow.

‘‘This collection will become a valuable source of primary research for unit one and three design folios.’’

Ms Doller said collaborating with Stewart and Sandra provides the students with an amazing opportunity to engage with a real client.

‘‘This supports their classroom-based learning and extends their understanding of the processes designers go through in creating designs for a specific brief,’’ she said.

Year 12 students will continue to work on their designs for Ayson’s Cottage into semester two and will show their work to Stewart and Sandra later in the year.

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