Sixth Form Art Trip to St Ives

On Friday 4th October, sixth form art students visited St Ives to be inspired by the local art. When we first arrived at our seaside accommodation we wandered down to the beach to take photos of the sunset and surroundings. The light and weather offered superb photographic and sketching opportunities not only on this first evening but throughout the weekend. After this we went into St Ives and sat on the harbourside eating fish and chips in true Cornish fashion.

Saturday morning saw us up early for sketching and photographs on a beach overlooking St Michael’s Mount. Following this was our first gallery visit to Penlee House Gallery in Penzance. This gave us a unique insight into the Newlyn School group of artists who were ahead of their time in their methods including; painting ‘en plein air’ and using square brush painting technique. We enjoyed visiting the Newlyn Art Gallery which focused on futurism, the planet and scale in many forms of art including 3D and film. At The Exchange in Penzance a big scale film from the artist Simon Faithful was on display. These films look at the environment and the relationship of humans and future lands. Feeling inspired after our gallery visits, we headed to Lands End, our last creative stop of the day. We returned to St Ives for burgers at Blas Burgerworks, which we highly recommend and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone!

On Sunday we were up early to fill our boots with more ideas. We found many of these in the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Hepworth’s stunning sculpture Garden. Hepworth was revolutionary in her time. To see her untouched work space, sculptures in the amazing light and setting, and to find out so much about her life and inspiration from our tour guides was truly amazing. We had a quick break from filling up creatively to fill up physically with a Roast by the harbour before rushing off again to the Tate St Ives. Here a variety of St Ives artists from the 20th to the 21st century such as Nicholson and Wood were on display. The main featured artist, Otobong Nikanga, looked at humans’ destructive relationship with nature. Sketching and shopping in St Ives followed and the day ended with an ice cream on the harbourside.

This trip gave us a wonderful opportunity to develop as artists and educated us about local artists and crafts people who were inspired by this beautiful coastal location.

by Alexa G and Emily B, LVI