In conjunction with the projects currently being undertaken by Year 10 and Year 12/13 Art and Design students, a study visit to The National Portrait Gallery and The National Gallery in London, took place on Monday 7th October 2013.
The aim of the trip for GCSE students was to generate ideas for the first coursework project ‘Faces and Features’. In The National Portrait Gallery students had the opportunity to make first hand studies of historical and contemporary portraits which will help them produce a personal outcome for the coursework project. Year 12 and 13 students made first hand studies in The National Gallery to help develop AS and A2 coursework units.
Students were able to see an exhibition by contemporary portrait artist, Jonathan Yeo. One of Yeo's subjects was Malala Yousafzai, the young girl who was shot by the Taliban for wanting to go to school. Malala, rightly, received the 'Ambassador of Conscience Award' through Amnesty where GEMS Chairman Sunny Varkey, is Co-Chairman Elect of Amnesty International Global Council. It was a privilege for students to see this painting of such a brave young lady. Malala has written a letter to say she hopes to visit GEMS schools one day.