The art department was delighted to take students on our very first KS3 art gallery visit. 20 students from Years 7, 8 and 9 visited The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery earlier this term.
Students had a unique opportunity to work with Paul Hipkiss, a practicing artist, examining art works and creating their own studies under his guidance. Hipkiss has been invited to Brooke Weston to undertake further work with these students, exploring print making techniques in order to help them gain a real insight into the processes of making imagery.
The students had a fantastic day out, exploring a wide variety of art works and responding in a highly considered way. Students often found themselves amazed by the techniques used by artists and commented on how powerful it is to see the pieces in ‘real life’ because it is a completely different experience to seeing them in books or on the internet. The workshops were being held in a public forum; visitors to the galleries were really impressed by the students’ interaction with the art works and their passion for their own studies.
Now that strong links have been made with these art galleries, the curators and artists, we look forward to taking students on further visits throughout the year.