On one of the warmest days of the year so far, Year 10 Art students headed to the Stour Valley last Friday to visit the places that have inspired two of Suffolk’s most famous artists.
Our first stop was at the Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum at Castle House, Dedham, where the museum’s administrator, Marcia Whiting, introduced us to the work of Sir Alfred Munnings, OF. Her talk covered many aspects of his early career and we were also shown some of the sketches made whilst at school.
A tour of the studio as well as an opportunity to see some landscape studies of spring blossom that have never been shown to the public before, together with charcoal and pencil studies and paintings of the river bank, gave the students some good subjects to draw. In the afternoon we moved across the river to Flatford where the mill and its surroundings, made famous by John Constable, provided further opportunities for drawing and sketching.
Rowing upstream on a sunny afternoon seemed like an ideal way to finish the day.
In the last few days of the Easter break, Sixth Form Art and Photography students travelled to Paris to visit the galleries and sights to collect ideas and inspiration for their forthcoming exams.
With fine, warm weather and a range of places to go, this has proved to be a most enjoyable and successful trip. Whilst the visit to Le Père Lachaise cemetery sparked much interest as students sought out the grave of Oscar Wilde and other notable ‘residents’, it was the calm atmosphere of the tree-lined avenues that contrasted with the poignant monuments that interested many, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay all provided stimulation with new ideas and experiences, whilst the boat trip on the River Seine and the climb up to Sacre Coeur provided some splendid panoramic views.
Lots of walking, good food and a comfortable hotel all contributed to a successful trip.
All of the Year 12 English Literature students were fortunate enough to view a private screening of the exhilarating Jez Butterworth stage play from 2009, Jerusalem.
Escorted to the V & A screening room, the students were then engrossed for the whole of the near three hour running time. Being able to see Mark Rylance’s award-winning performance has certainly fired their imagination for their English Literature coursework.
Eight Year 13 Art students were also able to experience the pleasure of quiet research in the National Art Library and the Study Rooms at the Museum, enjoying the opportunity to view first-hand, preparatory drawings and watercolours by such artists as George Clausen, John Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Two paintings by Yuri Higashikokubaru, a former student, have been on display at the Hostry at Norwich Cathedral over half term, in an exhibition of A level work by students in East Anglian schools, sponsored by NADFAS Young Artists award. Yuri will receive a cheque in recognition of her achievements.
Following a chance encounter in a London gallery on the last weekend of half term with OFs, Yoshiko Marutani (M, 2004) and Yohei Horiuchi (S, 2003), both of whom are studying and working now in arts related areas, it was good to hear about a number of students who had left the College over a decade ago. It is now some years since a note went into the Year Book requesting news of creative OFs, and so it seems timely to repeat it. Caroline Mallett is keen to hear from other former students working as artists, designers, architects, photographers or indeed in any area of the creative arts. In 2015 we would like to feature something of their work here at the College. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anna Airy was an inspirational painter and art teacher (1882 – 1964) who taught at the Ipswich School of Art and always encouraged young students to show their artwork to a wider public.
Ten of our Sixth Form art students entered their paintings for the Anna Airy Award 2012. There were over 200 entries but the standard was very high and only 120 students were selected. Students aged between sixteen and twenty may enter the competition and this year the following Framlingham College students’ works were selected for exhibition: Helena Anthony, Lucy Broom, Amy Hasler, Leslie Zhang and Harry Maberly (OF).
The exhibition is open to the public at the Waterfront Building, University Campus, Suffolk, 10.00am – 9.00pm daily, until the 18th October.
On Wednesday evening (23 May) it was a real pleasure to see so many parents visit the College to see the work of the GCSE artists on show in Paul’s Court.
There was time to look carefully through the sketchbooks and to enjoy seeing the finished pieces of work that they may have heard about over the last two years.
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