Leaving in the early hours of the morning on the 29th December, over 50 Year 11 students with accompanying staff made their way by coach up to London. We made good time and when we arrived on the South Bank we separated into two groups with the Drama students going to the National Theatre for a backstage tour, whilst the Art and Photography students headed to the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre.
Once there we were able to see the amazing Richard Wilson piece where a whole room has been flooded with oil leaving only a narrow passageway at a slight incline through the centre. The dark substance mirrors in the space above it give a strange optical illusion and it is a really thought provoking piece of work. The rest of the exhibition is called Space Shifters and brings together sculptures and installations that explore perception and space, featuring 20 artists. Many of the exhibits enabled the students to interact with the space and the reflections created which allowed for some great photography.
We then wandered down the Southbank taking in the sights and wonderful architecture. Some students recognised buildings such as The Gherkin that they had previously drawn in art lessons.
At the Tate Modern students were able to explore the multitude of different art works on display.
Students were able to explore the new annexe as well as the collection displays in the original building. The contemporary art always elicits interesting conversation and the students had lots of opinions about what they saw. The building itself also allows for good photographs due to the dramatic architecture and students were able to take advantage of this.
After the galleries we headed to Covent Garden to see the street performers and soak up the Christmas atmosphere. It was a great trip which the students and staff thoroughly enjoyed.
Drama students had a thoroughly cultured day with a backstage tour of the National Theatre where they saw the War Horse puppet, and ended the evening with the best seats in the house at The School of Rock the Musical, which everyone agreed was awesome!
Very many thanks to the parents for the early drop off and pick up. We had a great time.