L4 Visit To The National Gallery And National Portrait Gallery
Thursday 19th November 2015
On a very wet and windy day, the L4 year group trekked up to London to visit the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.
The aim of the trip was to enable pupils to see, first hand, the work of other artists and in particular, the work of two artists that they had been studying – Jan van Eyck and Thomas Gainsborough. Pupils were very excited to see two paintings by these artists and were surprised at how different they were in real life and they also had the opportunity to view other interesting artworks including Holbein’s The Ambassadors.
After a quick lunch and visit to the Gallery shop to buy postcards, we all headed off to the National Portrait Gallery for a lecture on ‘Signs and Symbols in Portraits’. This was given by one of the gallery’s educationalists and was very interesting and thought provoking. Students also had the opportunity to visit the Tudor Galleries and see paintings that depicted some of Britain’s greatest monarchs.
This was a fantastic, albeit wet day, and one which was enjoyed by all of the girls.