Year 10 and 11 Art pupils visited the Sainsbury Centre Collection, exploring the exhibition ‘Rhythm and Geometry’ and taking part in workshops with local artist Hannelore Smith.
‘Rhythm and Geometry: Contructivist Art in Britain since 1951’ was thought-provoking and challenged pupils to think about what art is. Head of Art at the Senior School Mrs Bradbeer comments, “It was an excellent opportunity to see modernist and contemporary British art, which has been a little overshadowed by the bigger, bolder American artists. Pupils were able to take their time in the exhibition, drawing and documenting the work in sketchbooks. From beautiful Benin Bronzes to the majestic Giacometti, the group was able to look at objects to inspire and underpin the development of their GCSE projects.”
The visit included a workshop from practising artist Hannelore Smith, who introduced the pupils to the idea of using paper in their art-making as more than a surface to be worked onto. The paper became something to model with and to build with, really pushing the pupils to develop more creative-thinking.