On their recent art trip to Cornwall, Downside School creative Fourth Formers carried out research for their GCSE coursework project – ‘Coastal’.

After a visit to the Kurt Jackson Gallery in St Just for inspiration, the first day was spent at Priest’s Cove, drawing in charcoal, ink and graphite and building stone sculptures from beach pebbles. The evening involved ink and wash drawings of St Michael’s Mount, while watching the sunset.

On the second day, the pupils travelled to the artist’s colony of St Ives, visiting the Tate gallery and Barbara Hepworth Museum, before drawing amongst the moored fishing boats, enjoying ice creams in the sunshine, and a supper of fish and chips. In the evening, the group travelled to the Minnack Theatre, Portcurno, a spectacular open air coliseum carved into a cliff face overlooking the sea, where they enjoyed a comedic rendering of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves.

The last stop of the trip was to Levant Mine in Trewellard, before finishing the day with more drawings of the dramatic coastal landscape. A fulfilling and inspiring trip for any keen artist, and a huge success for getting pupils’ creative energies flowing!