London museum inspires Biology, Geography and Art students.
The Year 10 field trip to London’s Natural History Museum gave the girls an opportunity to look at displays and exhibitions relevant to their studies. The human biology section, for instance, provided many ‘hands-on’ displays to reinforce what they have learnt in class on nerves and hormones, says Dr Parker. Worksheets provided by the museum also guided students around relevant displays.
Here, two of our Art students recount their experience of the day:
I really enjoyed the trip to the Natural History Museum, as it contributed to not only my Biology work but also to Geography and Art. As part of the Art coursework, we have to make independent visits to as many places as we can to help us achieve the best grades that we can. The fact that we visited the Natural History Museum means that we are able to use the photographs that we took, plus any items that we bought there, as reference or inspiration for ideas for art.
At the moment, I have the task to create a response to one of my photographs from the trip, using the effect of stippling, monochrome colours, and oil pastels – three different options that I picked at random. This response must be fairly small scale – either A4 or A3 – and fit in with my theme, which is distortion and decay, leading into consumerism and society. I like the idea of the small scale response to begin with, as we are only experimenting with new ideas, rather than creating a massive response which may not work out very well.
At the museum, we looked at an exhibition on rocks, minerals and other various stones. These were beautiful and related to a lot of our themes, for example, light and reflection, or decay and time as it passes. We took photos of everything, and my friend and I bought a book on the elements from the shop afterwards. We could use photos in this as a reminder of the minerals and rocks that we saw.
As well as this, we looked at dinosaur bones and fossils, which can relate to my theme, inspiring many ideas of patterns involving decay. I have recently been studying towers, such as the Towel of Babel, and creating my own in a Steampunk style. However, another of Mrs White’s ideas was to make another tower consisting of everything I found in the Natural History Museum. This could include rocks, minerals, little bones or fossils, or even styles of architecture taken from the building itself, which sounds like an interesting project! Overall, the trip has benefited my artwork hugely, and has opened up a lot more options and ideas which I can use, either inspired by or in response to the museum.
Sophie L, Year 10
On our trip to the National History Museum we looked at the rocks and crystals. This has helped me with my Art coursework as I took pictures of some of the crystals that were on display. This was a great opportunity to look at all the reflections and details on the crystals. The different colours that were bouncing off them has inspired me to look more into the different colours that are being reflected. Also, the rocks we looked at had a lot to do with my topic: jewellery. This was because there were different colours, shapes and sizes of rocks.
In the museum there was a rock on display that has inspired me to do a large scale painting of a purple rock, and in the painting I can show tiny intricate details like reflections, dark and light areas and the texture of the rock.
On the trip we also looked at the dinosaur section, which has influenced me to look into the bones of the dinosaurs and incorporate it with jewellery. For example, I could draw a skeleton head of a dinosaur as a necklace or draw a skeleton as a crystal. Overall, it was a great trip as it gave me an opportunity to look at crystals, rocks and skeletons of dinosaurs to help me with my course work.
Eva W, Year 10