Year 7 visited the Lowry Gallery on Thursday 23rd April. We travelled from school to Salford Quays on minibus, train and tram. It was a beautiful sunny day and the walk to The Lowry was interesting.
The area has been transformed from The Manchester Ship Canal to the modern architecture of The Lowry, Media City and The Imperial War Museum. After a packed lunch, we looked around the art galleries.
A swarm of giant ants had invaded the gallery walls in an extraordinary installation by Colombian artist Rafael Gómezbarros. This work explored ideas of displacement and immigration.
Year 7 were then given small sketch books and asked to record parts of paintings and drawings in the ‘Lowry Favourites’ exhibition. Between 1pm and 3pm there was a workshop with an Artist. The Artist took the group outside to sketch -using drawing exercises such as blind contour drawing and drawing using the wrong hand. The Artist then took us back into the Lowry gallery and Year 7 learnt how to draw a street scene using linear perspective. On return to the teaching room, pupils made their own buildings by cutting, tearing and collaging paper. Individual buildings were placed under a long strip of paper to create a group outcome of a frottaged city.
After a welcome ice cream it was time to return on foot, tram, train and minibus back to school.