On Tuesday 17 January, 29 GCSE Art students travelled to the Royal Academy of Arts, braving the cold winter morning to walk past Buckingham Palace and on to Piccadilly. The purpose of the trip was to gather visual and artist research to inform their exam preparations, collecting drawings and photographs of the artworks and their surroundings, as well as making written reflections of their experience.
The Making Modernism exhibition introduced pupils to the breadth and depth of talent of female artists associated with, but often hidden from, the history of 20th-century Modernism. It was a small exhibition but packed with exciting paintings and sculptures showing a group of artists who had little publicity during their time. In contrast, the group also visited a range of commercial galleries in and around Piccadilly, enjoying these smaller spaces and the opportunity to see the work of both contemporary and traditional artists such as Michael Chow, Jack McGarrity and Elizabeth Blackadder.