The 6th form A-Level Artists hopped on the train to London for a visit to the National Gallery on Wednesday 27 September.
Pupils had a tour of the gallery in the morning with Mr Stump giving background information about the broad development of western painting from the gold leaf covered gothic paintings of Duccio through early renaissance (Piero della Francesca, Botticelli) and high renaissance (Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo) to the masterpieces by Rembrandt and Rubens and then the Impressionists (Degas, Monet) and Post Impressionists including Van Gogh and Cezanne. Mr Stump’s favourite painter (Masaccio) was obviously the star of the show!
After a relaxed picnic lunch on the steps of Trafalgar Square, the group headed back into the gallery for more focussed research to help their individual coursework. The Lower 6th pupils found artists to inspire their future projects and support their current studies, whilst the Upper 6th already had an idea of the artists they wanted to study more closely during the afternoon. All returned on the train again better informed and with extra resources for their A-Level studies.