Students Explore History of Art in London | Bridgwater & Taunton College

Bridgwater & Taunton College (BTC) students who are studying Art & Design had the opportunity to take an enrichment trip to London, where they visited the Tate Britain.

Accompanied by their teachers, students from BTC embarked on a trip aimed to deepen their understanding of Art History and spark their imagination for projects they are undertaking in the classroom.

During their visit, the students saw art at Tate Britain from renaissance times to the modern day in their walk through of British art. Students travelled to Waterloo on the train and strolled along the Southbank to Tate Modern, taking photographs of London architecture and landscapes along the way.

At Tate Modern, students saw the Turbine Hall installation of large-scale textile pieces made from recycled materials by El Anatsui. They also visited the permanent collection, seeing a range of paintings, sculptures, photography and video artworks.

As the students returned to BTC, they commented on it being an invaluable experience, finding a newfound deep appreciation for British art, ready to work on their final major projects and tackle their exams.

Brenton Cook, Level 3 Art & Design student, said,

On our trip to London, we were lucky enough to see both the Tate Britain and Tate Modern. My personal favourite was the Tate Britain. While there were some contemporary pieces on display, my favourite pieces were older, from the 17th and 18th centuries. I particularly liked seeing a few Hogarth prints in person. I also enjoyed getting to see the scale of the Tate Modern and how nice everything was. The entrances to both buildings were wonderful!

Jenny Bowley, Deputy Head, Creative Arts, said,

This trip was an incredible opportunity for our students. Experiencing world class art firsthand has broadened their horizons and encourages their creative spirit. It was amazing to see some of the beautiful pieces on display at the Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

Zoe Davidson, Course Leader, said,

The trip to Tate Britain and Tate Modern has provided our students with a solid foundation for their final projects. It’s exciting to see how their experiences will affect their creative sides and ultimately shape the direction of their artistic practice. I’m looking forward to seeing their finished pieces!

BTC continues to embrace cultural education, offering students unique learning opportunities that extend beyond traditional classroom settings.

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