Year 3 at the National Gallery
On Wednesday 9th and Friday 11th October, Year 3 visited the National Gallery in London to explore and experience the incredible collection of paintings. Different areas and eras were examined, from religious symbolism to pointillism.
The children were eagle-eyed in examining the great landscapes and scenes, like Claude’s ‘Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba’ (1648). They also considered the emotions, such as the different reactions of the figures in Joseph Wright of Derby’s ‘An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump’ (1768), a look at the darker side of early scientific experiments. Many of the children loved the striking ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm (Surprised)’ (1891) by Rousseau with its dramatic snapshot of the big cat illuminated in a flash of lightning.
Throughout the visit there was a chance to see famous paintings by Van Gogh and Turner as well as more lesser known artists. It was a great opportunity for the children to consider and discuss their own tastes in art and get some fabulous inspiration for their next projects!