A recent excursion to the Museum of the Year for our Form 4 has certainly inspired our pupils. Mr Vale recounts the visit to one of Yorkshire’s hidden art gems, The Hepworth, Wakefield.
Form 4 visited the Hepworth Museum in Wakefield on Tuesday. We spent the morning looking at the later work of Barbara Hepworth, including a unique collection of the artist’s working models for her bronze sculptures. The pupils made some observational drawings and used these to create a Hepworth inspired small clay sculpture in the Gallery’s studio downstairs. By the end of the session we had created a mini-model of our own sculpture park! In the afternoon, the pupils switched from 3D to 2D to explore the paintings of Howard Hodgkin, widely regarded as one of Britain’s greatest painters. The exhibition explores the enduring influence of India on Hodgkin’s work, and the pupils made observational studies of the colours, shapes and patterns that characterise the warmth and sensory impressions of the country captured in his paintings. We very much hope this experience will inspire Form 4 to create their own paintings back at school. A big thank you to Miss Poulton, Miss Ratcliffe and Mrs Rea who helped to make the day run smoothly.
The trip follows on from last year’s work with the museum which saw the school participate in a photo shoot for an exhibition curated by the critically acclaimed designer J.W. Anderson. Read more about the story on the Yorkshire Evening Post website: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/yorkshire-students-turn-models-for-top-fashion-photographer-1-8447513
Find out more about the Hepworth by visiting their website http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/news/the-hepworth-wakefield-wins-art-fund-museum-of-the-year-2017/