The Creative Arts Department has been very active over the last few weeks with both the Fifth and Sixth Form students visiting London art galleries before half-term as part of their GCSE and A-Level coursework, additionally a number of lucky artists travelled to Florence in the holidays for the annual art culture trip.
Miss Thorpe reports on the Tuscany trip which has been a school tradition since 1933, when a group of our young PF artists first journeyed to Tuscany on an art cultural trip. ‘Students were enriched by the beautiful architecture of several Tuscan cities including The Leaning Tower of Pisa and The Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and Camp di Sienna. Over the five days there was lots of walking as well as climbing these historic sites including The Leaning Tower of Pisa and The Duomo where the challenge was to climb more than 500 steps to the top of the dome. The prize was magnificent views of the city of Florence surrounded by the Tuscan hills. This experience was even more special as the view was bathed in the famous Tuscan light.
Visits to The Uffizi and Accademia museums in Florence gave students a unique insight into art history, some of the highlights included Michaelangelo’s David and Boticelli’s Birth of Venus amongst other famed masterpieces. One painting of particular interest included a recently restored work by Leonardo Di Vinci which he had left incomplete. It showed his working process and even had his finger prints still visible on the work.
During the trip, students were encouraged to produce drawings in their sketchbooks as well as photograph the many sites and document their experiences. A major highlight for the students was the excellent Italian cuisine and in particular the delicious Gelato.
A guided tour of Sienna gave further insights into Italian history and culture and a perfect end to the trip was the carnival at San Gimignano where confetti was thrown around the streets in the family party atmosphere. Special thanks goes to the Art department for their hard work and valued insights. They very much enjoyed the company of the young students.’