All three Year 9 classes has the most wonderful school trip out to Kent as part of our continued art learning at Lansdowne School. The pupils have been looking at the work of the artist Marc Chagall throughout the summer term.
Our trip involved visiting All Saint’s Church in Tudely cum Chapel in Kent. This is a unique place of worship as it contains stained glass windows designed by the Russian artist.
Our trip included a brief historic talk about the how Chagall’s work came to be displayed in Kent. The church was owned by a wealthy local family. Tragically one of the daughters died in a drowning incident during the 1960s.
Chagall was one of her favourite artists. The family decided that in her memory, some new stained glass windows could be commissioned for Chagall to produce. The final piece of art is a very moving window that tells the tragic story of the young girl.
The Year 9 pupils enjoyed seeing the work of Chagall at first hand. We could identify his distinct style that we have been studying all term back in the classroom. The students also enjoyed looking around the graveyard. They were fascinated with the local history that could be found on the gravestones. There was also a small labyrinth to explore.
It was great to hear the church volunteers congratulate the Lansdowne pupils on their exceptional behaviour. We were told that the behaviour was one of the highest standards that the church has welcomed.
Back in the classroom and the students have almost completed their Dreaming of Chagall individual work. As the name suggests, this is a painting that incorporates our own dreams, and presents them in the style of Chagall.
Many bright colours have been used for this work. One of the challenges that we have presented the pupils with is to understand what combination of primary colours can produce a secondary colour.