On the 3rd July 2014, Year six pupils who were not in France visited the Tate Modern in London. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the day, and learned plenty about Art!
We began our journey, chatting excitedly, by walking to Orpington Station, where we took a train to London Bridge. Our group then took a long stroll around London, seeing iconic sights and places, such as the notorious Clink prison, once one of the most daunting prisons in London, and the Globe, a theatre where people come to watch Shakespearian plays. It was a wonderful tour in the glorious sunshine!
Once we passed through the massive entrance of the Tate, we were provided with headsets that would give us extra information on the paintings, drawings, and sculptures we would see.
We began our journey on level two, filled with sculptures and portraits by surrealists. Surrealists prized the power of unconscious thoughts and dreams when creating their artwork. The exhibits featured odd yet stunning works by the likes of Jannis Kounellis’s untitled works, Giorgio de Chirico’s the uncertainty of the poet 1 913, and Henry Matisse’s standing Blue Nude 1952.
Level three had expressive abstracts on display, many based on World War Two. They showed violence and war through humans, such as Richard Hamilton’s Swingeing London, and Germaine Richier’s Shepherd of Landes 1951.
Ile de France
The final level, level four showed abstracts from the early 20th century, very popular among many of us. There were two wings, Structure and Clarity, and Energy and Process. My favourite picture was in Structure and Clarity, and was called Ile de France by Jean Helion.
We rounded off our trip by visiting the gift shop and buying ice creams to cool us off!
The trip was a great success, with each and every pupil taking something from the day. We all hope the Tate Modern will continue to show great pieces of artwork to inspire future generations as it has inspired us. So all in all, it was a great day out for Year 6.