News Art and Design Trips to the V&A, Courtauld Institute and the National Portrait Gallery 09.11.2023

There have been not one, but two Art and Design trips over the past couple of weeks, with Year 11 students visiting the V&A while Year 10 enjoyed a trip to the Courtauld Institute and the National Portrait Gallery.

Last week, Year 11 artists spent the day at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of their Art and Design GCSE coursework. Each student  has been exploring their own individual project based on the idea of ‘object as metaphor’, and they selected objects from the museum’s collection to produce two observational  drawings to enrich the depth and context of their idea development. We were very impressed with the quality of creative thinking and technical skill they showed throughout the day.

On Wednesday this week, 61 Year 10 artists visited the Courtauld Institute and the National Portrait Gallery. This was a valuable opportunity for them to enhance their coursework portfolios by visiting galleries in Central London.

At the Courtauld Institute we organised for students to see a temporary exhibition, ‘Claudette Johnson: Presence’ and at the National Portrait Gallery students had the opportunity to look at the permanent collection and a temporary exhibition, ‘David Hockney: Drawing from Life’. Both exhibitions were exciting works from contemporary artists that will help inform their project on Identity and Portraiture. The students were brilliant in their approach to the day, and they remained engaged in the activities that we had organised, making great use of the galleries.