Exploring Cultural Art Connections in Birmingham
Lower Sixth A Level Art students spent the day in Birmingham this week, photographing and making observational drawings on the variety of architecture and people present in the busy city centre. This site visit will become the platform upon which we will be able to construct our first AS art project, coinciding with the theme, 'Cultural Connections'.
Despite the weather, we made the best of Birmingham's accessible wealth of culture, our trip commencing in the iconic Selfridges building, where we browsed the multi-storey shopping centre not for clothes, but for good photography and sketching opportunities. In order to add depth and variety to our sketchbooks, we next perused Birmingham's colourful market stalls, where I seized the chance to attempt real life drawings of people, a task far harder than I had anticipated.
Our day was enriched with culture both contemporary and classical, as we visited the IKON gallery, which gave us an insight into different artists whose styles and techniques we can incorporate into our own work. The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery allowed us to explore Birmingham's history, taking advantage of unique resources such as the Staffordshire Hoard. We also found inspiration in the many other well-known architectural sites, including Victoria Square and Symphony Hall.
Mr Richard Gilbert – Head of Art