Mrs Mottley, Head of Art and Design, tells us about a recent trip some of our GCSE students embarked on.

‘Our current Year 11 Art & Design pupils visited the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts back in October. The Sainsbury Centre lies in the beautiful parkland campus of the University of East Anglia, south west of the historic city of Norwich. Pupils were very impressed that the building had been used as a location for the film The Avengers.’

‘Pupils were given the freedom to roam around the impressive collection within the gallery to select artefacts to observe and draw. The intention of the visit was to inform and allow pupils to record artefacts from direct observation to develop their African Art project. Every pupil gained a valuable insight into other cultures through the vehicle of Art. The collections at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts represent some of the most remarkable works of art assembled in the United Kingdom, spanning some 5,000 years of human creativity.’

‘Pupils created confident sketches within their sketchbooks and this will contribute significantly towards their GCSE submission. It is intended the final exhibition of all our Art & Design Year 11 pupils’ work will be on display in the main school foyer from June onwards. A private view for friends and families of our Year11 pupils usually takes place in in June to celebrate their success and showcase their amazing work. The Design Department look forward to seeing you there.’

Jess, who went on the trip gave this insight.

‘We arrived at the art museum by coach and found out it was filmed for the Avengers film! There were some statues from different countries and we had to draw three or four of them by hand. We found the exhibits really interesting and exciting to look at. We thought that it was an amazing trip for our GCSE Art course as all of the exhibits were based on African countries. This helped us pick a good range of statues to draw.’

Thank you to the Art Department for organising the trip which will no doubt have been invaluable to our pupils and their upcoming GCSE work.