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Trip to the art of London is a portrait of success

Published on 02/10/17

Art and photography students from The Hewett Academy have been inspired by portraits, architecture, and street art during a cultural visit to London.

The Year 11 and 13 students visited the capital on Thursday, September 14 for a tour of the city’s artistic highlights, beginning at the National Portrait Gallery to view the submissions for this year’s BP Portrait Award.

They were able to appreciate at close hand a stunning exhibition of artworks using a wide range of techniques, including portraits painted on mirrors, studies of parts of the face, and collages.

Walking through central London, the group studied the architecture of famous landmarks such as Trafalgar Square and the South Bank, taking inspiration from the capital’s historic monuments as well as contemporary graphics, posters, and graffiti.

A visit to the Tate Modern rounded off the day, where students enjoyed panoramic views of the London skyline from the gallery’s viewing terrace.

Head of art Amy Lee said: “Our students excelled themselves in their maturity, focus, and behaviour, completing observation worksheets which when presented in their sketchbooks will greatly improve their ability to achieve good exam grades.

“We are proud of the attitudes and work produced by students on an enjoyable and fulfilling trip.”