Visit to the Scottish Colourists Exhibition
27th September 2018
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SIII - SVI pupils enjoyed a trip to Rozelle House last Tuesday to visit the Scottish Colourists Exhibition. Sandie Rennison, SIV, has written a review on her thoughts of the exhibition:
On Tuesday 18th September pupils from SIII to SVI visited Rozelle House. The gallery is situated on beautiful grounds with luscious greenery all around. The focus of the trip was the Scottish Colourists Exhibition however we did also visit some areas of the galleries too. Our tour guide took us around all the paintings in both galleries, whilst giving everyone lots of interesting and very beneficial information we could use in our future exams. He took us through a journey of time from the start, when the colourists came about, through to the end of their time. It was mesmerising to see the amazing detail and design that the artists put into their work, it was certainly inspiring! After that we each individually chose a painting that we loved and we spent an hour studying it. I chose to focus on composition, so I took lots of notes in my booklet about the painting from the artist, style, median used and when it was painted. It was certainly a lot to write about in a short space of time however I enjoyed the challenge. We also had to do a quick sketch of the painting before moving on to the next gallery. We then went on to look at Victorian Life drawings. This helped us all to understand the human form better and how to draw bodies off balance and complex parts such as hands. We then moved through to look at contemporary composition, which I personally found more interesting and exciting. It was different to the Victorian paintings, as they were more loose, sketchy and has more of a sense of movement as if everything around you was dancing. It was amazing to see how life paintings have changed throughout time yet how the skill still remains. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the trip as it taught me a lot about different artists’ styles over the centuries. I would recommend for anyone passing near Ayr to go and visit the exhibitions whilst they are still on.