Our Sixth Form art students recently enjoyed an educational visit to London. The Sculpture students worked in the Victoria and Albert Museum, sketching examples of traditional sculpture and ceramic works, while the Fine Art students spent the morning in the National Gallery, sketching examples of old master paintings in the permanent collection including works by Leonardo Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Gogh and many others.
Afterwards, the students walked across Trafalgar Square and down Whitehall, looking at some impressive architecture along the way, including the 17th Century banqueting house by Inigo Jones, which is opposite the large bronze equestrian statue of the Old Cliftonian Earl Haig. We also stopped at the gardens beside the House of Parliament to look at Rodin’s “Burghers of Calais” bronze sculpture, which serves as a monument to an occurrence during the 100 years’ war with France.
Next up, the students walked to Tate Britain, which houses the UK’s collection of British art from the 1500s to present day (including works by the Old Cliftonian artists Roger Fry, Henry Tonks and Peter Lanyon). There they also had the opportunity to see the famous Turner Prize exhibition, which is a celebration of contemporary art.
All in all, the day went swimmingly well and the students benefited from having exposure to lots of important examples of traditional, modern and contemporary art relevant to their A Level studies.