Newcastle College beauty students have paid tribute to the NHS and key workers as part of a course project, completed while they learn from home.

The Creative Hair and Make-up students used their artistic skills to create face and body art which honours the vital work of health and other key workers in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

The assignment was set by their tutor Beth Gubbins, who sadly lost her father to Covid-19 during the College’s Easter break. She said: “Me and my family were absolutely blown away by the NHS staff who treated my father.

“I wanted to be honest with my students about what had happened and why I would be absent for a while, so I asked them to produce this tribute as part of their coursework.

“I thought it would be something relatable for the students to work on but meaningful too, a small way to say thank you. I just wanted to do a tiny thing for such amazing people and the work that the class produced is beautiful.”

Beth’s class was eager to respond to the brief and set about creating the artwork on their own faces and bodies. Some of the creations include a superhero costume beneath a nurse’s uniform, rainbow themed effects and written tributes reading ‘Thank You NHS.’

One of the students involved in the project, Kimberley Johnson commented: “I was inspired by all of the hard-working key workers who are risking their health to help others.
“I wanted to use the project to pay tribute to the NHS and everyone who has lost their lives, by highlighting the importance of staying home and social distancing.”

Newcastle College is currently closed to students, staff and visitors but colleagues and students continue to work and learn from home. The College recently donated hundreds of items of unused PPE from its engineering and healthcare training facilities to local NHS and healthcare providers.

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