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Ferens Art Gallery Trip 2013

During the first week of term, Art students from Year 10 GCSE and BTEC groups took a trip to the Ferens Art Gallery for a day to study the work of Leonardo Da Vinci.

During the first week of term, Art students from Year 10 GCSE and BTEC groups took a trip to the Ferens Art Gallery for a day to study the work of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Da Vinci is best known for painting the Mona Lisa but was also an accomplished Architect, Scientist and Cartographer.

It was good day because we learnt a whole new range of things regarding Leonardo Da Vinci. We discovered the different materials he used for art and his techniques. It was fun and educational at the same time. All the students were involved in a workshop where they explored the techniques used by Leonardo. We then went on to look at the newly constructed exhibition of Leonardo’s work that then ended on the 20th January.

 We then got to draw from primary sources using his traditional style ‘ink&scratch’. This is an age old technique which involves using ink wells and traditional pen nibs. Obviously Leonardo would have used a feather quill!

We had a choice to either use ink or chalk for our observational drawings of shells and skeletons and bone structures. We got a lot of advice on how our work looked and we were helped to progress our drawing skills using hatching and cross hatching.

After we had lunch we had time to look around the whole gallery and explore the work of a range of different artists. The artists included Andy Warhol, Stanley Spencer and Lucien Freud.

We took our sketch books and produced two transcriptions of any piece of art in the entire gallery. The day was thoroughly great and educational we discovered a lot, and the whole day was great to take part in.

 

By Nicole Curtis and Olly Vollans.