21st June 2022
Writing: Various (Year 10)
On the 10th of June, GCSE Art students set off to Amersham Railway station with Mrs Prime, Ms Nicholls and Mrs Sealy. Five hours later we arrived in Liverpool! Sketching had started before the tube train left the station as we all worked to complete a double page recording of our journey. We have written about our individual experiences below.
The Walker Gallery was our first destination in Liverpool. This gallery had art from many eras and we focused on the modern and contemporary artworks. We walked around and picked out three of the 2D paintings or 3D sculptures that we were most drawn to. We sketched them and wrote about them, including the artist name and date created. The bottom floor had mostly sculptures and we sketched some of the limbs from one of them - which challenged us to draw limbs from different angles. (Rory Conner)
The drawing tasks during our visit were really useful in helping us broaden our understanding of the pieces and our sketching abilities. When drawing these pieces, we were forced to look at the pieces in more detail, which not only helped us to understand the artist’s techniques, but also let us further understand the themes and ideas the artist was trying to convey. (Miles O’Brien)
Throughout the trip we were tasked with drawing challenges. From sitting at the base of a statue to facing the windy River Mersey, our task was to draw with the best one winning a prize from Mrs Prime’s prize bag. The challenges varied from a timed drawing with line and tone to a simplified drawing with geometric shapes, the competitiveness made us create some great pieces of artwork. (Harry Ashwood)
I was thrilled to know that we would be taking part in photography challenges over the course of this trip, especially when I learned that we would be able to win prizes. I particularly enjoyed taking photos of buildings from different time periods. (Josh Chiappetti)
On the second day of our trip we travelled on the train to Crosby Beach. On this beach there are 100 cast iron figures facing towards the sea created by British artist Antony Gormley. It is named Another Place and the figures are modelled on Gormley's own naked body and it was fascinating to see how each sculpture had weathered slightly differently as they stood the test of time. We learned that Another Place harnesses the ebb and flow of the tide to explore man's relationship with nature. We were challenged to photograph these sculptures in a way that would tell a story, and each of us had a unique take on this task. Even though it was incredibly windy it was a highlight of the trip. (Ollie Mowbray )
In the afternoon we visited Tate Liverpool. While exploring the Radical Landscapes exhibition I came across many interesting uses of photography, both as collage and prints. One of the photos that particularly caught my attention was ‘Agecroft Power Station’ by John Davies. This was a gelatin silver print on paper. It shows an ominous scene of four imposing smoke stacks towering over a football pitch in which a group of people are playing. Davies used this photo to explore the effects of human behaviour on the natural landscape. (Benedict Cogswell).
Tate Liverpool was quite different to the Walker Gallery which primarily focused on traditional art styles (such as oil paints on canvas). At the Tate we saw artwork in many mediums such as wire mesh sculptures, a fleet of differing boat models and a city made of cous cous. These different artworks had you questioning what you could call ‘art’ and what wasn’t. We were also tasked with sketching three or four pieces of our choice in order to expose ourselves to different styles of art. (Jonathan Breed)
After a busy day on the beach and in a gallery, we were all looking forward to watching a film. We went to see Jurassic World: Dominion in 3D. With amazing CGI and practical effects, this cinematic masterpiece was outstanding and the two and half hours passed quickly. The dinosaur sounds were impressively loud! We enjoyed watching the film and discussed it afterwards. This film was a great addition to the trip. (Sam Knox)
It was great for us to be able to go on the Razzle Dazzle Mersey Ferry on Sunday morning. Designed by Peter Blake and painted for the 2015 Biennial, it is an artwork in its own right. After getting a photo in front of it, we were able to see the amazing skyline that Liverpool has to offer. Also, we were able to find out lots of information about Liverpool and its historic buildings during the guided tour. (Andrew Golby)
When we went on the Dazzle I learnt a lot more about why the boat had been painted the way it had and where this type of painting had originated from. I also learnt about the other side of the River Mersey and how the docks were being used and how they had been utilised in the past. Overall I think the boat trip was very interesting and educational. I really enjoyed the Liverpool trip and was able to expand my choice of mediums and found ways to draw on unusual things like train tickets. (Jack Vivian)