Courtauld Gallery Canon Workshops

Earlier in June a selected group of year 7 Canon students participated in several workshops with the Courtauld Gallery education team and artist Millie Knight. In the first workshops students presented their research boards that they had been working on and shared with others the information they had discovered about the drawing they had seen on their gallery visit and other facts about the story behind the artwork and the artist who made it. Students made a drawing from their research and in the following workshop made this into a woodblock print. Helen Higgins from the Courtauld gave some historical context to woodcuts and the purpose of these, the prints were very successful and students went away with the knowledge of this important process.

The woodblock prints were used in the final workshops led by artist Millie Knight. In pairs the Canon students came up with a storyboard to present a key idea from their research. They were shown ways of presenting research in the form of a concertina book. Students selected colours and printed these in acrylic then collaged and edited their work. They created lino-cut stamps to give their stories texture and added text and their woodblock prints to their work. After two full days of hard work their final proofs were complete and ready to be digitally printed.

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Courtauld Collection Visit

On 9th May a selected group of talented Year 7 Canon students visited The Courtauld Gallery in London. These students will be working hard over the next few weeks to investigate artworks in the Courtauld collection.

We toured around the gallery with the graphic artist Millie Knight and viewed some special paintings which would become clues in their personal investigations. Students viewed the current Botticelli exhibition, showing works on paper taken from a book illustrating Dante’s Divine Comedy. They made drawings and searched for hidden details in some of the drawings.

Welling year 7 students were then given privileged access to the Prints and Drawings Room; they are the youngest ever to have seen these artworks in their collection. We had to take precautions before entering the room including washing our hands and leaving all pencils and pens outside, the artworks were unglazed and very precious. After an introduction by the curator Rachel, telling us about the size of the Courtauld’s collection and how valuable the pieces are, we then viewed pieces by Lucian Freud, Peter Paul Rubens, Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, JMW Turner, Thomas Gainsborough and Juan de Juanes. Students worked as art detectives to discover facts about the works from their observations, making notes and creating research questions which they could further investigate throughout the project.

Students then participated in a workshop with Millie Knight, looking at formats of books and how research can be visually presented. They made concertina books which they will add to before their workshop in school next month with Millie and the gallery’s Young Person Coordinators.

 

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