Artists Find Ancient Inspiration

Artists Find Ancient Inspiration


30 keen Art pupils from Years 6, 7 and 8 stepped backwards in time, immersing themselves in the world of Pre-Raphaelite artists at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. After a fantastic workshop on ‘Portraits and People’, the group enjoyed seeing and hearing about The Staffordshire Hoard – the largest single collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever discovered. Accompanied by an interactive historical journey of Birmingham from the Saxons through to modern times, the experience allowed pupils to explore the history of these unique artifacts, as well as the secrets and stories they reveal.

The museum is also home to the greatest collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings anywhere. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a group of English painters, poets, and critics, founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Cheltenham Prep pupils have been inspired by the work of these wonderful artists. Including the famous pieces Work and The Last of England by Ford Maddox Brown, this collection formed a starter for pupils to draw what they see, or draw new scenes in this style. Hear from some of the group's members about their trip: 

"The Art trip was really enjoyable! We looked at some of the history of the place, which was really interesting. Then we went for a walk around the museum, pausing to draw whatever we wanted. I drew the painting Lady Windsor by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones. I also saw a really cool light. The last thing we did was a portrait session with the museum staff. I learnt a lot about the pre-Raphaelite paintings and the meanings behind the painting." - Anya

"The Art trip was very fun and exciting. We got to see some Egyptian goods and artefacts - they were beautiful and exquisite! In addition we got to see the pre-Raphaelites: these were paintings of important women, with floaty hair! They were amazing! I can't believe how the artists got all those tones of the skin and the light. A lovely lady showed us around and now I can understand the stories behind each painting. There was a woman in a painting called Lady Windsor and it was a lot of fun to draw her. This art trip was the best yet!" - Imogen


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