Woodhouse College
Alica Derome Rebecca Saul

Woodhouse art students paint the town, figuratively...

Dated: 28 November 2017

This month, all 70+ of our A level art students have been out and about, visiting some of the amazing galleries on our doorstep in London.
 
 
 
On Thursday 9th November, our lower 6th art students visited the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.
 
Their first stop was the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, which houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world. The students were split into two groups and taken on an hour-long tour by two of the gallery's speakers.
 
Woodhouse art student Sophie Burbidge (pictured above) said “I enjoyed the trip a lot because it gave me a new outlook on classic paintings”
 
 
 
Classmate Mia Matthew agreed. “Learning about the context behind some of the pieces was very informative and made the art gallery experience very engaging for me”
 
And Woodhouse art teacher Natalie Collins commented “The gallery speakers were very complementary about the insightful contributions made by our students.”
 
After the guided tour, students were able to explore the collection at their own pace.
 
 
 
In the afternoon, they popped just around the corner to the National Portrait Gallery. The students are currently exploring the figure and portraiture in art and the aim of the trip was to inspire and inform the students on this topic.
 
“It was my first time visiting the galleries and it was an enjoyable and interesting experience” said Jasmine Man.
 
Fellow art student Salma Tawfik said “Finding out the deeper context and meanings about the artwork was an eye opener and made me realise there’s so much more to a painting”
 
Woodhouse Head of Art, Emma Farquharson summed up the day… “Our students expanded their knowledge and critical understanding of paintings in the gallery and the speakers were fantastically informative. It was a very enjoyable and productive day!”
 
The following week it was the upper sixth’s turn to take a trip…
 
  
 
On Wednesday 15th November, second year Woodhouse art students visited The Wallace Collection, housed at Hertford House in Marylebone, to take part in a whole-day life drawing session with a professional artist in residence. An amazing opportunity to enhance their portfolios.
 
 
 
In the morning, students explored the displays in the gallery. With their tutor for the day, they discussed the history of the ceramics and paintings on show, with an emphasis on the way that nudes have been depicted by different artists. They employed their knowledge of art vocabulary to talk about various aspects of the artworks such as contrapposto, composition, light and shade, and described how different artists used them in their work.
 
 
 
In the afternoon, with the assistance of a life model, students investigated form and proportions, and gained confidence in drawing some of the more challenging aspects of the figure using a variety of traditional materials, such as charcoal, Conté, white chalk, brown chalk and coloured pencils.
 
Student Yuhong Wang (currently championing art in the 2018 Woodhouse prospectus) said “The tutor was really enthusiastic and kept reminding us of the importance of the little things… like how triangle shapes are important in figures, negative space, measuring the angle, making the line decisive… I found it interesting to draw the figure when she was moving, and explore the space around the body to make her stand out. From this session, I now understand what I need to do to enhance my own figure drawings, such as choosing a medium that will slow me down.”
 
And fellow art student Karolina Lopinski agreed. She said “It was interesting to try sketching under timed conditions. I thought the session was beneficial and allowed me to explore new techniques.”
 
We look forward to seeing the fruits of our students enhanced art knowledge throughout the year.


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