Art Students Descend on London
06 Feb 2019
Year 12 art students spent a day in London in preparation for the artist research element of their next project.
In the morning, students attended the Bill Viola/ Michelangelo exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. which was an immersive journey exploring the cycle of life. They saw a selection of Michelangelo’s most poignant drawings, as well as Michelangelo’s only marble sculpture in the UK, the Virgin and Child with the Infant St John.
Accompanying Michelangelo’s work were 12 major video instillations by the artist Bill Viola which explored the themes of birth, death and rebirth. The exhibition was curated to immerse the viewer fully and students found themselves in almost pitch black rooms, lit only by the projections of the videos and small spotlights that focused on the artworks.
This type of exhibition was a completely new experience for the students and prompted them to look and respond to the art in a way they had never done before.
In the afternoon, students undertook two masterclasses at the Tate Britain where they were guided through a series of tasks challenging how they look at, understand and record their response to, the artworks within the gallery space. Students studied two of the most famous paintings within the Tate Britain, Chris Ofili’s 'No Woman, No Cry' and John Constable's 'Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadow'.
While in London, students were tasked with creating a mini sketchbook of their day and recording their experiences.
Art teacher Anna Davies said: "The students worked incredibly hard and really pushed themselves to better understand the art world in which they study. All students were absolutely brilliant and were a real asset to Ashby School throughout the trip."