On Monday this week our Year 11 Art and Photography students spent the day at the Tate Modern on the Southbank. It was a brilliant opportunity to see one of the best collections of modern art in Europe. Artworks such as Pablo Picasso’s ‘Weeping Woman’ and Mark Rothko’s ‘Seagram Murals’ to Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘Wham’ and Simryn Gill’s ‘A Small Town at the Turn of the Century’ were part of this vital visual experience.
With the Art and Photography GCSEs well underway, our students have started working towards achieving the best possible results, and to facilitate this, experiencing primary resources is a must. The Tate, the immediate vicinity, and the journey itself provided wonderful opportunities for our photography students to record landmarks and subjects not easily accessible. Inspirational compositions, the unusual, the well-known and the quirky were all around them, ready to be gathered and converted into useable resources. In the gallery itself, our Art students could record, analyse close-up, draw and compare the style of artists who are challenging and influential, whose work can go on to feed their own GCSE presentation and final piece.
“Now I know how I’m going to approach my final piece.”
“Successfully gathered plenty of images that could connect to the exam topics… it was great to gather research in a new way.”
“I took tons of pictures.”
“…can’t believe I’m actually standing and staring at a real Picasso.”
“Everything was very organised and efficient… It was useful to see art related to our projects.”
“Really friendly atmosphere around the whole place.”
“…new experience, could help inspire some aspects of my work and my exam.”
Finally, our students were polite, keen, and a real credit to Tabor Academy, in turn, contributing to a feeling of pride, experienced by our art and photography teaching team.