Art inspiration

Year 10 GCSE Art students took a trip to the Porthminster Gallery and St Ives Museum on Friday 24th October to look at work by local artists.

Artists have always been attracted to this area of Cornwall and St Ives has a thriving artist community.

Students sketch the display

The BBC Coast series explored the scientific reasons for its unique light. According to the BBC, “the romantic landscape and the unique quality of light have attracted artists to Cornwall since the early nineteenth century when Turner famously paid a visit. By the 1920s, it was a full on bohemian artist’s colony. Cornwall has the largest concentration of artists outside of London. When Tate St Ives opened in 1993 it was official confirmation of St Ives’s status as a major cultural centre. St Ives’ peninsula landscape has a lot to inspire painters”.

Student Jenna said: “I am sure this trip will provide lots of inspiration. As well as looking at the work by local artists, we also visited the museum which had numerous maritime artefacts on display, giving us lots of addtional information.”

Porthminster Gallery exhibit