Advanced & IELTS excursion to Iziko National Art Gallery

Advanced and IELTS students were taken on an excursion to Michealis Art School and the Iziko National Art Gallery last week friday for a chance to engage with South Africa’s Contemporary Art Scene.

Students were exposed to Candice Breitz’s amazing EXTRA! exhibition (http://www.iziko.org.za/news/entry/candice-breitz-extra) and a chance to view ‘Arab Priest’, as well as several other exquisite exhibitions on offer.

After their excursion students were tasked with writing a review of their trip and a piece of artwork that truly inspired them and the results were amazing.

Here are a few excerpts from students reviews:

“After visiting the museum, I think that the movie room with the twins was the best for me. It was very curious to watch the brothers talking about each other as thy seem to know quite a lot about the other person. They know all the physical differences and personality differences. That had such an impact on me because I really do not know so much about the people that are around me and I realised after that how important it is to know more about others so.. our life can be so much richer.

Another aspect I liked was the way that the artist shows the videos, the simplicity of the venue, the beautiful colours in the screen and the contrast between darkness and colours at the same time”

“On this outing I found a special piece of art which really inspired me. The picture had three people who stand up symmetrically and look like a tribe, because they are wearing typical clothes which evoke some ideas related to Africa… The most impressive feature which the picture gives is the people’s skin because it has been photoshopped white, which is quite unusual… The picture breaks our visual understanding and in some way makes us think about the world”

More student reviews to follow, but by the looks of these it seems that inspiration and learning was definitely achieved.

Thank you students and teachers for once again making EC such an amazing school!

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