Today a group of children accompanied by Miss Finnimore and myself travelled to Southampton Art Gallery which is situated in the centre of the city. This is an annual trip at GBP where the children invited have the opportunity to view the gallery there and participate in a wire workshop.
The day was once again a huge success and the children were all rightly proud of the wire people they made. The task itself was very fiddly and tricky - the children certainly had to use some of our GBP values and practice their growth mindset skills in order to succeed. The workshop leader was impressed with their effort and so were we.
Afterwards the children had the opportunity to view the paintings and sculptures on display in the main gallery. For some children, they had not been to a gallery before so that was exciting for them. They discovered that just like in libraries, people walk around quietly. We also modelled how to look at the paintings 'deeply' to see how they were painted but also to try and fathom out the story behind them too. Some were very old - over 600 years old in some cases whereas some were modern. Some were very colourful some were not. The children used new vocabulary to describe the paintings and we shared the different names for the styles of paintings too.
The children sketched various parts of paintings that interested them as well as choosing key words that helped to describe their visit and learning. To finish with the children all chose their favourite painting and shared this with the others.
All in all, a fabulous day - thank you to Miss Finnimore, to the staff at Southampton Gallery and to the children of course for making it so enjoyable.