ART AND ENGLISH LONDON TRIP
Year 6 had a great trip to London on Monday 9th and Tuesday
10th June. We travelled by train from Chesterfield and successfully
negotiated our way across London on the underground. We stayed at Southwark
Travelodge, which was a good base, as it was within walking distance of the
Tate Modern and the Globe theatre.
The first visit was to The Globe Theatre. The Globe was
interesting to see and we learnt how it used to be surrounded by green fields,
how sound effects such as thunder were created in the Elizabethan theatre and
we were asked to imagine the atmosphere, the sights and the smells of the
original Globe Theatre.
The Tate Modern, located next door to The Globe, was a
real contrast. The huge empty spaces of the cleverly converted power station
building could not have been more different to the traditionally constructed
wattle and daub walls and thatched roof of The Globe.
At The Tate Modern, we went to the’ Matisse -The Cut-Outs’
exhibition. The cut paper artworks had real impact. Henri Matisse created them
in in the last years of his life whilst in ill health and wheelchair bound.
They were full of colour, energy and movement and it was fantastic to see how
ideas and images had been simplified in such beautiful ways. The Year 6 pupils
used coloured pencils in sketchbooks to record shapes, patterns and colours.
This will inform their work they are doing in their Art class for the rest of
On Monday evening, we ate at Wagamama. The boys were
lucky enough to get a section of the restaurant which was all theirs! Tired out
from the excitement of the city, from all of the walking we had done and, in
some cases, from the tummy bug, a good night’s sleep was had by all.
On Tuesday morning we went to The National Gallery. Here we
met Sarah Tombs who is a curator at the Gallery. She engaged the Year 6 pupils
in interesting and lively discussion in response to three great paintings in
the Gallery’s collection. Rembrandt’s ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’, Titian’s ‘Bacchus
and Ariadne’ and Holbein’s ‘The Ambassadors’. Perceptive, thoughtful and
meaningful thoughts were shared and suggestions made when discussing these
paintings. After the hour long session on ‘Reading Paintings’, pupils were
allowed to choose a postcard from the Gallery shop. The postcard they chose was
to show a painting in the National Gallery collection which appealed to them.
The pupils the
n had to locate the painting in the Gallery and start jotting
down words, phrases and metaphors which occurred to them when contemplating the
painting. These initial responses were to then be developed into a poem. As a
change from all the cultural experiences they had enjoyed, we visited Covent
Garden and enjoyed an ice-cream in the sun before watching a couple of street
performers: an excellent magician and rather an angry clown. As always, the
pupils behaved impeccably.
On the return journey other train users were perhaps bemused
to find a number of Year 6 pupils from S. Anselm’s busily composing poetry and
drawing on the journey back up to Derbyshire.
We would like to thank Miss Southam and Mr Bonner for
accompanying us on the trip and all the Year 6 pupils who showed such energy
and interest and savoir faire.
Mrs Bennion and Mr Carr