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Year 7 art trip to the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne

On Thursday, 9 November Year 7 went on an Art trip to the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne. After a bus journey to Eastbourne College we had a delicious lunch in their canteen. We then walked a short distance to the Towner Gallery which is located right next to the College. It wasn’t hard to miss as there was an amazing mural painted on the side of the building, in all sorts of shapes and colours, celebrating the Towner’s 10th Anniversary.

When we first entered the Gallery we looked around the ground floor which was full of large sculptures by David Nash. This is where we met Sue, the Gallery educator, who told us about the many pieces of art in the museum. She explained that David Nash only used wood from fallen trees. She took us to the second floor in a massive lift and explained that the reason for it being so large was to enable the transportation of all the art pieces to the various floors. We reached the second floor which was a brighter room with an interesting projection show of how chopping down trees effects the way the planets look.

We then went behind the scenes of the Towner and were shown the archives. This room was full of racks of paintings and we were asked to guess which painting was the oldest. I guessed correctly!

The tour guide had to leave us and we ventured onto the third floor by ourselves, along with Mrs Moore. The top floor had more wooden sculptures. I enjoyed these the most because they were all shapes and sizes but all very unique in themselves. We did a quick sketch of our favourite piece in our art books before we were collected to return to Eastbourne College for an art workshop in their Art Department.

We met Mrs Harriet and Karen who led the art workshop. We have been looking at Cubism in our art lessons at Rose Hill School and made ceramic Cubism inspired musical instruments in one afternoon. We learnt how to make different textures on clay.

We had a very interesting day! Thank you to Mrs Moore and Ken for taking us there.

Alex Ford

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