In September the Art and English departments left Truro School and headed down to Tremenheere Sculpture Garden near Penzance to experience the work of internationally acclaimed sculptors set in an idyllic garden with views over St Michaels Mount. The pupils were particularly enchanted by James Turrell’s stunning manipulation of natural light and space in his Aqua Oscura and Sky Space.
The group then travelled on to YHA Landsend, nestled in the Cot Valley where there was a welcoming evening meal laid on followed by a rather rainy night walk down to the sea to enliven the senses and activate the creative juices. Back into the warmth: the students began reading atmospheric poetry of place followed by writing their journals.
The next day we walked over the cliffs to Priest’s Cove (Cape Cornwall) where there was a huge array of workshops organized and run by every member of both departments. These ranged from ceramic rock pool sculpture, watercolor painting, and printing, to reading and writing tasks based on the work of Coleridge, Daphne Du Maurier, DH Lawrence and Laurie Lee. After a full day of sun and workshops we headed to the stunning Sennen Cove for a swim or play on the beach. The English department left and the artists stayed for an evening meal and a sketchbook workshop.
The next day we all enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast then on to Geevor Tin Mine for a drawing and printing workshop, a quick tour, then home. The focus of this trip was for students to kick-start their course and for them to investigate The Sense of Place. The work and experiences that the students enjoyed during this trip will be the foundation of 30% of the Art course, and form the basis of the English Literature students’ Recreative Writing coursework.
Lower Sixth student Tom Rimmington said:
“The Cape Cornwall trip was a great experience for me as it was a chance to spend time with people I don’t usually hang out with. Exposure to a wide variety of Art forms has broadened my interest and kicked off a promising 2 years in the Art Department”
Written by – Dave Meads, Head of Art at Truro School