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Academic Enrichment: Art

Academic Enrichment: Art

Recently our Middle Fifth and Lower Sixth Artists and Photographers visited London.

Their first stop was The Courtauld Institute where we saw the newest exhibition of celebrated painter Peter Doig.

His large-scale, figurative work explores the relationships between people, place and dreams.

It was great for the pupils to be able to see in-person the textures Doig combines to construct each image. They were also able to sketch while observing the work directly.

The pupils then received a guided tour around the permanent collection and saw a range of European art from the early medieval through the Renaissance and Baroque periods up to the early 20th century.

The St Edmund’s team asked poignant questions and could identify how incremental changes in Art were symptomatic of wider developments in religion, science and colonialism.

They then visited the Natural History Museum to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award.

It was inspiring for pupils to see how the photographers in the exhibition had used their understanding of colour, composition and mood to create impactful images.

My thanks to Mr Filmer and the Art department and to all those pupils who attended the trip.