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Inspiration in St Ives

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Our Lower Sixth art and photography pupils had a fantastic day in St Ives last week.

A visit to the Tate enabled them to learn about the history of the art in St Ives and the development of abstract painting by seeing the work of artists such as Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon and Patrick Heron.

They also saw the exciting touring exhibition by Nigerian artist Otobong Nkanga. Her work investigates the relationship between people and land through our consumption of the Earth’s natural resources and was very thought-provoking for our pupils.

In contrast to the Tate, they also visited two smaller commercial galleries showing a wide range of painting, sculpture and ceramics.

The skies were dark and ominous, but the rain held off and pupils collected lots of research, taking photos and drawing in their sketchbooks, both on the beach and in the harbour. There was also time to squeeze in a quintessentially Cornish delight – the Cornish pasty – before the journey home.

Commenting, our Head of Art, Clare Schmidt said: “St Ives is such an inspiring place to take our pupils. The geographical surroundings – land, sea and sky – are perfect for studying en plein air. Armed with sketch books the pupils were able to create some great preparatory studies.”

She added: “Visiting the Tate enabled us to explore the collections and exhibitions on display, and after seeing the commercial galleries selling the work of diverse artists, we discussed the business aspects associated with the sale of artwork. These visits are always inspiring and the experiences really benefit the pupils once back in the classroom.”

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