GCSE students were fortunate enough to take their learning outside of the classroom this term by visiting London Zoo to draw the animals. Unlike objects that we look at in class, the animals presented a bit of a challenge for the students! The highly challenging task of drawing animals as they move was met with excitement and enthusiasm by the class and they produced a variety of sketches, some of which will be used to produce some work back in the classroom.
The museum had a lot of unique and diverse pieces of artwork which all created individual impressions and made the experience more enjoyable. There were various ways in which the artwork was conveyed through different types of media like sculptures, photography, digital artwork and more. It showed me that art can be expressed in a multitude of styles and techniques and being able to appreciate this in person was what made the trip worthwhile. One of my favourite pieces was ‘The Darkward Trail’ by Nicole Eisenman as it was almost like a story was being told from the piece and I liked how there were features in it that contrasted each other but still blended well together. There were also political and historical messages shown through the piece which were engaging and added more background to it. Though I was not able to see every single art piece, I would definitely visit Tate Modern again to discover many other extraordinary works of art.
by Jasleen Sohi - 10E
On Thursday the 17th March, both Year 10 and 11 Art GCSE students visited The Sculpture Park in Surrey. We were fortunate that it was warm and sunny, making the experience even more enjoyable. There were a wide variety of sculptures on display as we walked along the scenic forest route: I was surprised to see the numerous materials used. For example, there was a sculpture of four horses that was constructed out of several ingenious items: even dolls, which was a little unsettling. I loved the sculptures that included coloured blown glass: there were some blown glass flowers which I thought were very pretty. There were many sculptures of animals, too. I think my favourite would be the human-sized weasel! As it was a lovely day, the walk was pleasant, enjoyable and quite fun as we had to cross many small bridges across miniature streams. A sculpture that really stuck out to me was an interactive piano sculpture in which you could actually press down on the keys! It was great and the sheer amount of work and technicality that went into it was highly impressive to say the least. Overall, it was a lovely experience. We had a great place to have lunch as we could admire the artwork from the benches we sat at and the park itself was very well maintained and quite easy to navigate as we followed the coloured arrows of our choosing. It was great exposure to have as an Art student!
- Nandini Dutta and Sanchali Sreelan (Year 11 GCSE Art Students)
On Thursday 30th September, Year 10 and 11 GCSE Art students visited Tate Britain. After such a long wait, it was an experience that the students thoroughly enjoyed. Pencil and books in hand, students were tasked with finding art that inspired them. Students were encouraged to consider whether the work evoked thoughts, memories or reactions and to be able to express their opinion in a constructive manner. One such piece that stood out to a number of students was the painting of a portrait by John Simpson. ‘Head of a Man (?Ira Frederick Aldridge)’ The famous actor in the painting was the first African American man to have a leading role in a Shakespearean play. More information about this painting can be found here http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/john-simpson-495/racial-identity-politics-head-man
The students thoroughly enjoyed their time and look forward to visiting many more galleries in the future.