July 14th / On Tuesday our Year 10 Art students visited the Curwen Press and Fitzwilliam Museum in order to gain inspiration for their new coursework project. Rebecca Anderson tells us all about it …
The Fitzwilliam Museum, situated in the centre of the beautiful University town Cambridge, offered a fascinating opportunity to discover a variety of artworks that encompass a range of media, sizes and styles. These range from the magnificent sculpture ‘Hill Arches’ by the renowned sculptor Henry Moore to a number of fine detailed portraits and landscapes from some of the most pivotal artists of the past. It was fantastic to see how masterfully portraits had been crafted, and truly inspiring to discover the level of detail in many pieces. This visit fuelled everyone’s ideas and will provide inspiration for our own projects.
The second element of the trip involved trialling a new technique called dry-point etching. This was carried out at the Curwen Press. This new skill was extremely interesting to use. It involved scratching into a flexible plastic surface with a fine needle to capture the details of a chosen image. Discovering the different ways to make marks on the surface was fascinating and enabled everyone to stretch their abilities and to be imaginative. It was exceedingly rewarding to produce a set of successful prints at the end of the workshop and the experience was one definitely appreciated by all who had the opportunity to try it.
Year 10 Art students would like to thank all of the very helpful and accommodating staff at both venues for the time they put into ensuring that the visit was successful and extremely enjoyable.