Woodroffe art students visit London exhibition

Students from the Lyme comprehensive learn about ‘the power of making’

Sixth Form students from The Woodroffe School, in Lyme Regis, recently visited London to see the ‘Power of Making’ exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Celebrating the role of making in our lives, the exhibition featured an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects, ranging from a life-size crochet bear to a ceramic eye patch, a fine metal flute to dry stone walling.

The show presented a cabinet of curiosities showing works by both amateurs and leading makers from around the world to present a snapshot of making in our time, providing stimulus for the students studying A level art, history of art, graphics or photography.

Richard Vine, head of art said: “It’s important for students to view original artworks. The visit was designed to allow students access to work that directly relates to their studies and to help them to make informed judgments about art and design in front of original pieces of work.”

Following a morning at the V and A, students travelled across London to the Gerhard Richter show at the Tate Modern. Coinciding with the artist’s 80th birthday, the students viewed Panorama, a major retrospective exhibition spanning five decades of his work. It included realist paintings based on photographs, colourful gestural abstractions such as the squeegee paintings, portraits, subtle landscapes and history paintings.

Students also stopped at the Saatchi Gallery to see some contemporary works.