On Tuesday the Form V children visited the National Gallery where they made us very proud with their impeccable manners, creative questioning and super focus. We were lucky enough to have a private tour and workshop based on ‘Portraiture’ to complement last term’s topic. Belle, our workshop leader, led us on a journey through the gallery, beginning with Degas, discussing how to find the clues in a painting to help us read it like a book, understanding the artist’s intentions on the way. We looked at colour and process and the information we can gain and the pleasure to be had from having a greater understanding of the artist’s works.
Our tour culminated in the most wonderful room containing so many of the world’s most famous paintings – from Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ and ‘Chair’ (which we studied in detail) to Monet, even catching some Turner on the way out!