February 24, 2023

The Cedars Academy Students Explore Tate Britain and Tate Modern

Our Art and Design students at The Cedars Academy recently took a trip to London to explore two of the world-renowned Tate museums - Tate Britain and Tate Modern.  

The students' trip was linked to their Art and Design GCSE courses, which requires them to see art in context from a wider variety of mediums, cultures, historic and contemporary. The purpose of the trip was to explore a wide range of art and be inspired by the work of practitioners. 

At the Tate Britain, students explored the permanent collection, which houses a wealth of priceless, famous art ranging from the 1500s to now, from oil paintings to bronze sculptures and video projections. The students engaged in an art hunt to find out information on key pieces of art, made sketches of pieces of art that inspired them, and noted the narrative of the paintings, making cross-curricular connections. 

The group then caught the Thames Clipper (ferry) up the Thames to the Tate Modern, where they were able to engage with modern and contemporary art, which challenges concepts and ideas of art, as well as society. They saw impressive enormous pieces of art filling the industrial turbine hall and video and installation work, which opened their senses to a wide range of experiences that cannot be found elsewhere. 

Throughout the day, the students gained a multitude of experiences of a diverse range of art and design, history, visual stories, and experiences of a wide range of cultures and humanity through these masterpieces. They learned to gather resources and understanding for their GCSE courses as well as experiencing new environments. 

The trip was a huge success, with the students thoroughly enjoying the experience of exploring new spaces with their friends and classmates. For many, it was their first time visiting the capital, and they relished the opportunity to immerse themselves in London's vibrant art scene. The teachers who accompanied the students on the trip were extremely proud of their positive attitudes and responses to the experience. 

Overall, the trip was an excellent opportunity for students to expand their horizons and explore the world of art outside the classroom. It was a memorable day full of inspiration, creativity, and new experiences.