On Tuesday 28th June the Art Department took 30 of our young artists from Years 8 and 9 to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. A few of them had been before, and were very keen to return which, for the staff involved, was a positive indication that it would be a good day.
It was! Our students behaved impeccably throughout the trip. The Fitzwilliam is an intimate and informal museum, which meant that our students were looking at a Van Gogh alongside some visitors from Germany, or a Renoir next to a primary school from Cambridge, in a small and concentrated space.
Without hesitation, our students were sketching, writing, asking questions and immersing themselves within the architecture of this unique location. Portraiture was the main focus, and the
learning experience from our visit has already been used to inform their African mask and illustration projects. Also, for some, the Egyptian Collection caught the attention, for others, it was the Ceramics and Glass or the Coins and Medals.
We hope that the trip will provide the inspiration for our students to find out more about the Fitzwilliam and its treasures, as it will make an excellent destination during the summer break…