On a rosy Saturday morning at 8.30 prompt, an artistic bunch of 6.1 students gathered, before embarking a generously sized coach heading for London. Having arrived, we eagerly entered the National Portrait Gallery with the instruction from Frances and Simon to gather as much information as possible in one and a half hours. The work was widespread, from Andy Warhol’s iconic prints to the penetrating portraits of Lucian Freud. We were even treated to a room filled with the colourful and expressionistic work of Catherine Goodman. From there we headed off to Trafalgar Square and entered the National Gallery, housing over 2,300 works of art from some of history’s most prolific artists. Italian Renaissance paintings from Raphael, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Leonardo coincided perfectly with the period we had just been studying in our art history lessons and the great names such as Turner, Constable, Picasso, Van Gogh and Seurat, gave us atmospheric inspiration for our main painting project.
‘Africa on the Square’ brought crowds, food and music to Trafalgar square and proved to be a good lunch spot after the visit to the two National Galleries. We then bustled past House Guards Parade, 10 Downing Street, West Minster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, stopping off to see Rodin’s “Burghers of Calais” sculpture, in Parliament Gardens, and onto the Tate Britain on Millbank. Again, the amount of work was vast. Some of the highlights being several rooms filled with Turner’s paintings, an ambitious sculptural exhibition from Phyllida Barlow and large CD-shaped colour experiments from Olafur Eliasson. The trip was a thoroughly enjoyable and productive experience, which we all have the pleasure of reflecting on for our two main projects this year.
By Becky Grubb, 6.1
Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.