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London visit fuels artistry and design innovation

Sixth Form students studying Art and Design Technology enjoyed a day visit to London to gather valuable source material and research for their practical work.

The majority of the Art students ventured to Tate Britain, Tate Modern and The National Gallery to see some of the world’s most impressive collections of art through the ages.

Seeing real life pieces that they have discussed and analysed in class gave them a real insight into scale, materials, surfaces and processes tackled first hand. They also saw a huge range of ‘Environments’ to help support and develop their own sources as part of the next stage of the Lower Sixth course.

Upper Sixth students visited exhibitions and buildings relating to the essay they are currently writing as part of their Personal Investigation. These included visits to Gunther Von Hagen’s Body Worlds at the London Pavilion, The Flower Gallery to see pieces by Nicola Hicks, One Blackfriars and The Shard.

Design Technology students took a different route, visiting The Design Museum, The Science Museum and the V&A where they were able to investigate and see how products had been made, designed and developed considering a range of materials, engineering and design approaches.

Commenting on the visit, Upper Sixth student Niamh Johnson said: “The trip to London was informative as I was able to further my knowledge of Nicola Hicks at the Flowers Gallery.

“I was able to see her work in real-life and not just in books and it gave me a better understanding of her techniques and the form of her sculptures.

“I can now make more informed decisions within my essay on the critical analysis of Hicks and my sculpture work.”

It was certainly a jam-packed day which provided invaluable experiences and insights for everyone that ventured down to the capital.

And the day got off to a good start with the screens at Stockport railway station wishing our artists a fantastic day as they boarded the train!