Y10 trip to the National Portrait Gallery

Posted on: 12/03/2019

We couldn’t have picked a wilder wetter windier day for the Y10 trip to the National Portrait Gallery but students and staff braved the elements gaining first-hand experience of ‘suffering for their art’ as well as taking the opportunity to view some of the most famous portraits in the world to inform and inspire their identity projects. Students looked at work from Tudor times to the present day gaining an understanding of the different purposes and intentions behind portraiture, we also saw a themed exhibition on friendship. They engaged fully in the most recent form of self-portraiture ‘the selfie’.  

Photos they took on the trip will form excellent starting points for practical work back in the classroom over the next few weeks. Determined to take full advantage of their trip to central London we briefly stopped at Trafalgar Square but sadly the February sunshine eluded us and March rain drove us back to school a little earlier for a dry lunch. Students were a credit to the school in their behaviour and engagement, and the breadth of knowledge they gained will really support them in achieving the higher levels at GCSE. A special thank you to Mr Maturine and Mrs. Burns who accompanied the trip and supported the girls.

Helen Goodall

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