Art & Design Trip to Barcelona
Art & Design Trip to Barcelona
During half term, 20 Bolingbroke Academy Art & Design pupils packed their bags and set off to the sunny climes of Barcelona. We arrived quite late and managed to have our evening meal in the amazing Urbany Hostel where we were staying which over looked the Torre Glories (also known as the Torre Agbar), a building similar to the Gherkin but after 9 pm lights up in beautiful designs which provided amazing sights from the Hostel balcony.
The second day was filled with thunder storms and torrential rain but despite this we took an hour walk through Barcelona to Parc Guell and stopping by the Sagrada De Familia which the students found hugely impressive, having started construction in 1882 it is predicted to be finished in the next 4 to 6 years to complete.
After arriving in Parc Guell we took a tour of the Parc, still in the rain the students persevered for the spectacular views. We stopped here for a series of painting and drawing sessions to work in our sketchbooks under the various covers of the monument area and discuss Gaudi's work from an architectural, cultural and artistic perspective and how his work has become synonymous with Barcelona and influenced the city. This provided an amazing discussion of form vs function and architectural design vs artistic creativity.
As the day moved on we ventured through into the Gothic area of Barcelona to take in all the sights and explore the diversity of Barcelona's architecture and design through the ages, seeing the new, function built flats, Gaudi designed buildings and classic Gothic architecture all positioned with an array of different graffiti styles before heading to the Design museum. The Design museum was easily one of the greatest exhibitions, full of fashion design, functional designs, future designs, graphic design, nanotechnology and the 2017 design awards alongside an amazing temporary exhibition about how designers are planning the future of the bathroom and the processes we explore when looking for inspiration and new designs.
The pupils responded so well to these exhibitions, in particular the bathroom design exhibition, responding well to the curation and gaining a great deal of experience in how to take their designs further and how to look for inspiration.
The third day was when the sun finally came out and gave us a taste of typical Spanish summer weather at last! We had a series of adventures to go on and started the day with a journey to the Barcelona Pavilion, a site of beautiful modernist architecture designed and built in 1928 it stands still as a structure considered modernist and minimalist, while every part was so clearly and cleverly designed, something our pupils picked up on and stayed to complete a series of drawings and sketchbook pages. Its simplicity gave a calming feeling in front of the grand palace.
We then climbed the steps to the Palace itself, narrowly dodging the man with multicoloured doves (apart from Charlie who managed to nearly end up with them perched on his head), the palace is now a huge national gallery filled with amazing works from Spain through the ages. We spent a few hours taking in all the works and completing more pages in our sketchbooks, looking at both classical and modern artworks to really gain a range of artists and artworks to inspire the pupils. From here we ventured to a smaller gallery where we managed to talk our way into two exhibitions (thanks to Ms Dobbs!) where we saw one of the best Andy Warholl exhibitions even the teachers had ever seen. After a long day we finished off with an evening in Placa de Glories, a large shopping centre near the Hostel before going back for dinner and a well deserved rest.
The final day we packed up our bags and headed to the beach! It was a typically hot day and after a long walk through Barcelona to explore as much of the city as we could, the beach was a well deserved rest. Here we had lunch at a beach side restaurant and made sand sculptures inspired by the trip before finally heading back and flying back to London after a hugely eventful experience. To cap off the whole trip our flights were delayed due to the storms back in England meaning our 22:00 arrival time quickly overshot and we arrived back in Clapham at 1 am! Nobody was too fussed with being in Spain a few more hours though in the warmth.
The pupils throughout this trip were amazing and conducted themselves in a hugely mature manner displaying all the qualities we strive for at Bolingbroke as we had an absolutely amazing time!