Granary Gallery visit inspiresAcademy pupils
GCSE art students at Berwick Academy recently visited the Granary Gallery to see the Drawn from Life: People on Paper exhibition.
Pupils looked round the whole exhibition first in small groups, then dispersed to study a particular piece of work which had impacted on them in some way.
“I felt quite excited by the anticipation of seeing other artists’ work close-up and not via a computer screen,” admitted student Marshall Blackhall beforehand.
He was particularly impressed by Portrait Boy 1 by Tony Bevan.
“Until I saw it, all the other art had looked good, but none of it seemed particularly inspiring,” said Marshall. “However, I was hypnotised by how motionless, yet full of emotion, the boy in this drawing was.
“I am pleased with my own copy of Boy 1 that I made towards my GCSE coursework.”
The gallery trip was followed by a drawing workshop delivered by visiting artist Gill Walton.
Daniel Bain said: “At Gill Walton’s session, I particularly enjoyed when we used a dark background technique, making it darker or lighter with the charcoal and a putty rubber, in the style of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye from our visit to the Drawn from Life exhibition at the Granary Gallery.
“I felt that it gave my work more depth through tone. I also liked Gill because she was good at helping me and explaining how to draw the figure so that we could all understand and learn from the workshop experience.”