Our GCSE Art and Design students have the opportunity during their 2 year courses to visit various exhibitions, allowing them to experience and see different types of art. This often gives them inspiration for their own pieces of artwork once back in school.

Anne, Year 11, who studies Fine Art tells us about a recent visit:

‘On the 15th November 2019, Year 11 GCSE students had the opportunity to go to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich on a trip to see the many artefacts they hold, including a visiting exhibition from Magdalene Odundo. After the coach drive there, the students were split up into their two classes to go around the main centre and the visiting exhibition.

The upstairs of the main building holds a collection of artefacts from all over the world, from paintings to sculptures. Students were given time to walk around the area to take photos and create studies of the artefacts held in the main building.

Downstairs held a variety of sculptures from the visiting exhibition. Odundo’s murmuration of suspended glass pieces was a sight to see, automatically eye-catching as ‘Transition II’ captures the flowing movement of a murmuration of starlings perfectly. One student described ‘Transition II’ to be, “The best piece of artwork I’ve ever seen!” and another said, “It’s such a beautiful sight to see, it feels very tranquil.”

Overall the trip was eye-opening to the variety of art that can come out of a single country, varying styles and colours, even underlying themes. It certainly was an educational and appealing trip.

Mrs Mottley, Head of Art and Design, said, ‘It was a really positive visit and the pupils gained a great deal from the experience.’

Well done to all involved, we look forward to seeing some of the artwork our students now start to create.

For more information about Magelene Odundo: The journey of things, visit the SCVA website.