Visit to The Tate Gallery

Our GCSE students have been out and about for their last term before exams getting some last minute inspiration for their work.

With the spectre of exams looming on the horizon, our GCSE artists have been working very hard this term. They visited the main galleries of the Tate Modern, seeking inspiration for their practical exam. They were drawn in particular to EL Anatsui’s Hyundai arresting installation in the Turbine Hall (left). The Ghanaian sculptor stitches together  ‘scrap’ from African and European trade routes to craft testimonies to global consumerism and remind us of its colonial roots.   The pupils took photos and drew sketches in relation to their chosen exam topic such as Portrait, Places and Spaces, Fragments, Curves and Straight, Image and Word and Celebration.

The Tate Modern

This is an always popular destination for any artist living in London. From the majestic space of the Turbine hall to the dark corners of the basement there is something very special about this building let alone the art it contains. Students were given free reign to wander and wonder round the building for a whole morning taking in the work of Picasso, Rothko and Warhol before taking the stairs down to a light installation in the basement.

Getting out of the classroom and having the time to sit directly in front of a famous piece of work and make a sketch is really useful.

Girl, Year 11

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