THE Woodroffe School art department recently took sixth form students to St Ives for a five-day tour of the key artistic venues in and around western Cornwall.
Despite a week of poor weather, the students visited every venue scheduled, indoors or outdoors, in a packed programme of learning experiences.
Activities included a clay throwing demonstration at the Bernard Leach Pottery, a guided visit to an underground Aqua Obscura at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, photography light drawing classes at Falmouth University and, as always, surf school on St Ives Beach.
Neil Armstrong, the owner of Tremenheere, took the group around the Sculpture Gardens giving the students a knowledgeable and warm talk about the landscape that he has created in a fantastic setting.
Staying at the Cohort Hostel, evenings provided a great opportunity for students and staff to draw and share ideas in the large lounge area that they shared with a school form East Grinstead.
The group also went to the cinema one evening and, as is now tradition, the staff cooked for the students one night, making vegan, dairy-free chilli with paprika wedges and dips that was well received.
On the final evening, having navigated the school minibus around the narrow Kernow lanes, the group arrived at the beautiful Minnack Theatre in good spirits and in time for dusk to settle across this magical setting and make the most of the opportunity to take photographs and make drawings.
On the way home the next day the students managed to cross the causeway to St Michael’s Mount to take part in a workshop at Falmouth University, in which they developed their photography skills creating light drawings as groups.
Richard Vine, head of art and digital technology at Woodroffe, said: “With so much to offer for artists, Cornwall is a great place to get creative and the students will use the experiences to guide their coursework ideas and get inspiration for the examination unit yet to come.
“Many thanks to the students for being such great company and to Mr Greenhough and Miss Burnett for helping make it all happen.”