Woodroffe art students visit sculpture park

PUBLISHED: 11:45 23 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:13 30 November 2015

Woodroffe students at the sculpture park

Woodroffe students at the sculpture park

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The students were able to broaden their contextual awareness and understanding as they were prompted about their own thoughts on the selected exhibits.

From visits to New York and Paris to scaling the heights of Snowdon, Woodroffe School sixth form students are making the most of the opportunities being offered to them.

Amongst the most recent events was a field trip to Roche Court Sculpture Park at Salisbury by the A-level art group.

Students were able to broaden their contextual awareness and understanding as they were prompted about their own thoughts on the selected exhibits. These ranged from 30ft conjoined hares cast in bronze, to more interactive pieces such as a fibreglass spaceship, which works wonderfully well as a lounger for 15!

During the visit, the students were exposed to a broad range of works noting the scale, placement, medium and intention of each artist who produced them.

Tracey Harahan, of the Woodroffe art department, said: “First-hand observation of artwork is a vital part of the appreciation of it. The works were sketched and photographed enabling the students to enhance their recording skills and artistic experience. They also became more aware of their own subjectivity - they were asked if they actually liked the works; some found this a difficult question whereas others were less ambivalent and able to vocalise their opinions clearly and eloquently. The realisation that looking at art is a two-way activity and very much depends on the individuals’ sensitivities and personal tastes soon became apparent.”


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