Trips provide inspiration for Art pupils

Art pupils went on trips to Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Manchester Metropolitan University as they did research for their coursework and portfolios.

At the start of the final full week of the summer term 28 pupils from the Fourth and Lower Sixth years visited Yorkshire Sculpture Park to gather ideas for their GCSE and A-level portfolios.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park group

The group enjoyed a workshop led by one of the park’s guides and a lecturer from Leeds School of Art. The lecturer introduced the group to ways of thinking about the work as well as leading them through drawing and clay sculpting exercises, the results of which were displayed in the park.

The second part of the day gave the group the opportunity to explore the 500 acre site, drawing the sculptures that are set throughout the landscape.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park - cartoon figures

Among the highlights were the KAWS exhibition of massive cartoon-inspired figures and ‘Skyspace’ by the American James Turrell.

Head of Art, Design and Technology Mr Richard Davies was keen to praise the value of trips such as this for pupils: “The opportunity to work from such a fantastic collection is wonderfully beneficial for our pupils. Sculpture, in particular, questions our ideas of how art can be presented as it exists in three dimensions and changes as we move around it. The workshop was helpful in encouraging the group to engage and think about quite complex ideas.”

In addition to this trip Lower Sixth pupils made the short journey to Manchester Metropolitan University for the institution’s Foundation and Degree shows.

MMU Art trip

The pupils were gathering information and insight for their UCAS applications whilst also collecting ideas for their Personal Investigation which they are preparing for next term for their A-level Art and Design Coursework.

The artists were also able to see the exhibitions of a number of ex-pupils including Jessye Persse, Jess Campbell and Jenni Muellenbach who have completed their Art Foundation Course this year.

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