Art / Enrichment Week 2018 / Languages

Classics in Art

On Tuesday 3rd July a group of Year 8 students went to the National Gallery to learn more about mythology in paintings. We started with a treasure hunt and found twelve paintings which depicted a different myth; such works included two by Titian including the ‘Death of Actaeon’ and our favourite ‘Bacchus and Ariadne’.  We also took the opportunity to see paintings by Monet, Van Gogh and Matisse and enjoyed seeing the contrasting styles of the artists.  The afternoon involved sketching one of the works of Titian.

The following days involved researching different artists and their styles as well as a range of Greek mythology to further inspire us for our painting. Our group chose to work on a number of different myths which included Daedalus and Icarus, the death of the Cyclops, the allegory of Prudence, Medusa and Perseus and Hercules and the Hydra. We also learnt about the importance of mythology, the insight it gives us into different cultures and how it is used to explain why things happen. The project culminated in a showcase of our work to the rest of the year group. We really enjoyed the project, our favourite part was visiting the gallery and being given the opportunity to work independently on our own paintings.