Our annual Art trip this year was again held at Liverpool Albert Docks. The area has a wealth of interesting architecture both traditional and contemporary, such as the Liver buildings and the newly built Liverpool Museum. The year 10 students were given the opportunity to photograph and draw observational studies of the various environments around the dock area: The Arena and big wheel, the river front looking over the Mersey and the dock itself with its boats and traditional brick buildings.
The students experienced the day with a focus on 3 different artists: Mondrian with his geometric angled shapes. Olivier Krugler, who produces fast sketches of wide skylines, and Rob Wilson who studies structures and scenes from a low perspective giving the feeling of imposing, busy environments.
The students worked hard and collected a lot of information through sketching and documenting with a camera that will be now used in class to develop into coursework which will become 60% of the final overall grade.
The behaviour of the students was exemplary. With focus and commitment the students found a fresh creative viewpoint to work with. During the day there were photographs produced of incredible quality and imagination. The staff in the Art Department are all extremely proud of how successful the trips were, and the level of engagement we found in the students.