Folder DC 073/2/1/2 - Information sheets

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DC 073/2/1/2


Information sheets


  • c1950-2011 (Creation)

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1 folder, 108 items

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Conrad McKenna’s information sheets during his various teaching roles at The Glasgow School of Art. Including typed materials, hand written notes, photocopies, worksheets, newspaper clippings, annotated diagrams and drawings by Conrad McKenna and others for the delivery of teaching and student trips. Materials outline and discuss: materials, processes, techniques, definitions and references relating to: printing, papers, typography, wood and metal work, pattern, drawing, colour, shape and volume, tone, communication, photography, linocuts, monoprints, colour theory, design and design theory. Also included are briefs, materials lists and reading lists for student projects. Along with itineraries for student trips such as a London visit in 1973. Selections of typed materials are titled "First Year Course". Whilst the majority of these are general; others are course specific and provide details of first year courses in Architecture and Drawing and Painting. All provide course overviews, references, definitions and information on materials, processes and techniques.

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Conrad T J McKenna, born 8th March 1923, was admitted as a student to Glasgow School of Art in December 1939 at the age of 16. WW2 interrupted his studies when he was called up to the RAF in 1942, serving from then until 1946. He returned to Art School in 1946 and was awarded a Diploma in Commercial Art in 1948. He won several prizes and scholarships during his time at GSA, including the Robert Hart Bursary in 1941, the W.O. Hutchison Prize for Drawing in 1948, the Main Scholarship for Commercial Art in 1948 and a £120 Travelling Scholarship in 1949.
Conrad was also a member of GSA staff from 1950-1984. His positions included: Visiting Staff, Design & Crafts 1953/54; Assistant, Design & Crafts 1954/55-1965/66; Assistant, General Course 1966/67-1970/71; Lecturer, First Year Course 1971-1972; Supervisor, Evening School 1972-1984. He spent a sabbatical year in 1962-1963 as a visiting lecturer in the Fine Art faculty of the University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa, returning to GSA until his retirement in 1984.

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Green folder, with hand written title, containing various papers of hand written and typed materials, photocopies, newspaper clippings, diagrams, drawings and annotations in a variety of pens and colour inks

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Selections of handwritten and typed materials are in Italian with annotations in English (possibly translations of typed text) that may relate to Conrad McKenna’s involvement in The Glasgow School of Art’s San Gimignano Summer School. Refer to DC 073/2/3.

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