Capturing a sense of Venice
"During the visit the students put into practice the many skills and idea development methods they had gained during the build up to the trip"
At Cokethorpe School, bringing subjects to life beyond the classroom is a key feature in the delivery of the curriculum
This is particularly relevant to creative subjects where having the opportunity to gain firsthand experiences and encountering new stimuli is essential to broadening creative thought and direction.
Cokethorpe’s A Level Art, Textiles and Photography students recently completed a field trip to the beautiful city of Venice, a location that has been the muse of artists for hundreds of years. The visit was the final research phase in preparation for the coursework topic Sense of Place. Ms Williams, Head of Art explains why field visits are so valuable: ‘In order to convey a sense of place it is crucial to have experienced it in real life. When you see things for yourself, the scale, physicality, sensory and emotional responses all impact on an individual level. These are diluted if you simply look on the internet. Our hope is that having experienced artwork and culture firsthand that it will have a direct influence on the work of our young artists.’
To support the project the students visited the Biennale Gallery which was exhibiting a spectacularly diverse array of 21st Century art from around the world.
The range of modern art challenged the students’ view of what modern art can be, with outstanding examples of installation and performance art that, at times, both shocked and inspired.
Time was also dedicated for students to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Venice with sketchbooks filled with drawings and watercolours, and cameras filled with expansive and detailed shots. It did not disappoint as students marvelled at the city’s beautiful architecture and attempted to capture its unique colour palette.
During the visit the students put into practice the many skills and idea development methods they had gained during the build up to the trip. The project had started many weeks earlier with techniques developed initially on a study of Cokethorpe’s own chapel.
This was followed by a field trip to the Natural History Museum in Oxford with a focus on architecture, people and sensory response.
The students work will be submitted as a coursework element of the A Level courses and will also form an exhibition at the School for parents, staff and pupils to enjoy.
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