St Ives Art Trip 2024

Art & Textiles students enjoyed the annual St Ives trip exploring sketching, zine making, sculpture gardens, jewellery making and more.

The group of U4 (Year 9) pupils set off on 24th May by bus and train, with the scenery becoming more picturesque as they reached their destination.

Throughout the trip, they visited a range of galleries and, inspired by the artwork they had seen, tried their hand at some of the techniques. These included creating texture in watercolours, sketching, making polymer jewellery, and creating artwork drawn from objects collected from different places.

The young artists visited the Kurt Jackson gallery and Tate St Ives Gallery, where they learned about Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’s ‘8 Lines Porthmeor’, Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson’s discovery on Picasso’s ‘Naïve Art’, the five tools of abstraction, Mondrian’s theory of simplification to abstraction and Ithell Colquhoun’s idea of surrealism and decalcomania. The girls also spent time in the tranquil Barbara Hepworth museum, spending time copying her intricate sculpture’ lights, shadows and formatting, and exploring the collections in the St Ives museum.

Prizes were awarded for the best overall sketchbook, creative sketchbooks, the most creative zine, the most creative polymer jewellery and the best dorm overall.

There was also time for a ghost walk, time on the beach and some souvenir shopping.

Arielle and Sophia, both U4 (Year 9) said: “Overall, this trip was thoroughly enjoyable, informative and a boost to our current and future sketchbooks. We had an amazing balance between relaxation and work, which was all thanks to the teachers and artists.”

St Ives Trip 2024