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05 May 2017

IT lecturer inspires artists using virtual reality

An IT lecturer inspired artists to think about art in a different dimension by giving them the chance to use virtual reality.

Bob Willcox took the HTC Vive to an Artists Café in Trowbridge Town Hall on Thursday 4th May as part of a taster session enabling members of the group to try creating 3D artwork.

Jane Wright is a studio artist who volunteers at the monthly café and was the first to take the opportunity to use Tilt Brush, which lets users paint in 3D space.

She said: “I first tried using something similar to this a few months ago and initially it was a little scary but then really fun.

“I really enjoyed having the opportunity to have another go and it’s such an unusual but fantastic feeling to be able to walk into and through an image that I had drawn.

“I liked drawing in 3D and loved being able to create an image so quickly with lots of colours, which gave a real sense of achievement.”

Another artist said it would be a fantastic way of practicing some of her artwork before putting pen or paint to paper.

Bob hopes that there may be an opportunity for his IT students to work collaboratively with the Artists Café to create 3D artwork later in the academic year.

Bob, who teaches IT at the Trowbridge and Chippenham campus, said: “I was really pleased to be asked by Trowbridge Arts to visit the café and offer members the opportunity to experience something that most of them had not ever used or considered before.

“Those that did have a go really enjoyed seeing the vast possibilities that the technology gave them.”

Wiltshire College offers a variety of IT courses with more information available on the website.