28 GCSE and A Level pupils travelled to London on Friday 7 February, tasked with gathering information to enhance their coursework.

The first stop was at Body Worlds and an exhibition of Gunther von Hagen's anatomical structures preserved through a process of plastination. Our artists and biologists were captivated by the real life size bodies showing bone, muscle and internal organs in their natural form.

It was then on to the National Gallery to see examples of Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Botticelli, Turner and VanGogh, to name but a few. Entry into the Taylor Wessing photographic exhibition gave everyone an opportunity to view examples of contemporary photography, and it is fair to say that the Portrait gallery provided many with insight and inspiration.

Their final destination, The Tate Modern, included a walk across the Jubilee bridge passing the London eye, the Southbank skate park and the National Theatre. At the Tate, pupils viewed Kara Walker's huge captivating installation Fons Americanus, a 13-metre tall working fountain inspired by the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace. Kara Walker has appeared in many of our coursework portfolios in recent times, exploring current, historical, political and cultural opinions.

Pupils also saw work by Picasso, Dali, Matisse, Monet, Delaunay, Holzer and Hess as well as the current exhibitions of Dora Marr and Nam June Paik.

It was a wonderfully full, diverse and fast-paced absorption of creativity in just one day!

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Report by Netty Holwill, Head of Art