Year 8 took on an Art Marathon on Tuesday, travelling from Newcastle to London for the day to take in three magnificent art exhibitions. First stop was The Royal Academy where we revelled in the colour of Hockney’s 28 Portraits and 1 Still Life inspiring every artist in the class to absorb the sitter’s various postures and personalities. Even Mr Fowlds took part in some sketching which he is entering into next year’s Turner Prize Competition. Next up saw us dive into the world of Abstract Expressionism where the pupils tried hard to interpret the awesome magnitude of some of the works and to see famous paintings they have studied in the flesh. A dash across London and a skip over Millennium Bridge saw us arrive with much anticipation at the Tate Modern to explore the delights of Georgia O’Keeffe. Her wonderfully organic forms and fascination with flowers, and later on bones and arid landscapes, left our minds buzzing with artistic influence which we cannot wait to take into the classroom. Despite such a visual feast the pupils remained full of conversation and wonder on the train back home and we were still buzzing on our return to Mowden at 10pm last night. A magical day and worth every minute!
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