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History of Art Trip

L6th Form History of Art pupils enjoyed a very productive trip to the London Galleries last week where they visited both The National Gallery and The V and A.

Compared with their trip earlier in the academic year where pupils visited both the Tate Modern and Tate Britain galleries, this time pupils were looking at more traditional art forms in preparation for their forthcoming mock exams in March. Very often the exam board selects rather obscure, lesser known works of art which are located within some of our best known galleries and it was helpful for pupils to see first-hand the artworks which have featured in many of the past exam papers over the last few years. Certainly their appreciation of the scale and detail found in these works was augmented and they were able to appreciate them in a great deal more detail than they would ever have been able to do in the classroom.
Pupils agreed that the highlight was seeing a selection of 14th century altarpieces in the National Gallery together with lots of sculptural examples in the cast rooms at the V and A. Added to this, a brief 'working lunch' together in Itsu allowed for some lively discussion and helped to consolidate pupils' learning with lots of interesting observations and viewpoints discussed. All in all, it was an extremely enjoyable and worthwhile day.