After travelling by train from Chesterfield to St Pancras we headed for the V & A museum for an art workshop. The workshop focused on drawing, but no pencils or paper were involved! Pupils worked in the Ceramics Gallery using thin wire to create a three-dimensional drawing based upon one of the objects. This was a challenging, but engaging task. Next, electrical tape in different colours was used on the floor and walls. Pupils used the tape to draw from sections of the surrounding architecture. Again the children were not daunted, but responded by working on a large scale and inventing different ways in which to use the tape.
In the evening we all arrived at the Royal Albert Hall to listen to Prom 73, with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Semyon Bychkov showcasing Franz Schmidt’s Second Symphony paired with Brahms’s Third Symphony. It was the first time any of the children had ever been to a Prom and they were captivated by the relaxed, electric atmosphere. Afterwards Mr P. led us on an evening walk through London pointing out all the sights, an inspiring end to a very busy day.
Friday morning the sun was shining so we set off on a tour of the South Bank and Borough Markets, again led by Mr P before heading back to the V & A to sketch from artefacts found in the Asia galleries. The pupils were asked to record examples of pattern inspired by natural forms. This was a starting point for an Art project which will be continued at school. Pupils were able to study first hand beautiful objects such as the Ardabil carpet (10.97x5.34m) whose intricate design was hand knotted in Iran 1539-1540.
“I loved going to London Proms because of the fantastic atmosphere: Lily Niamh
“I loved being in the Royal Albert Hall because we got to sit in the very highest seats!” Arabella