Students delve into the history of art


ART and design students from Harlow College were given the opportunity to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on Thursday to gather inspiration from the designers and art on display.

The Victoria and Albert museum situated in Knightsbridge is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing more than 4.5 million objects. The museum is famous for its exhibitions featuring its collections and dates back to over 160 years ago. The exhibition, which the students attended, is called Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, which, according to the museum website: ‘Presents a landmark exhibition exploring a vivid story of opera from its origins in late-renaissance Italy to the present day.’

Image by Grace Perry

‘It was quite insightful, it gave us lots of information on the opera and different stages of art and design’ said Talen Stalley, an art student on the trip. Fellow student Jordan Baker stated ‘I thought there was a lot of variety in what they’ve been making and what they’ve got to show on display.’

Harlow College offers students a vast amount of trips that will provide a beneficial understanding to the course they are completing. ‘I like how they had all small models of the set designs and the scale models’ Talen explains. ‘They were really detailed and neat.’

Images by: Talen Stalley

Work on display

Highlights from the exhibition include ‘The Ballet Scene’ from Mayerbeers Opera Robert Le Diable Oil Painting from 1876 and ‘A box at the Theatre des italiens’ Eva Gonzales, oil painting from 1874. ‘There was lots of information about the art and when it started. I learnt about different composers and lots of different artists id never heard of ‘ Jordan stated.

For Talen, in particular, an art course links to his future plans – to go into piercing and tattooing. Speaking about the course, Talen explains ‘It’s fairly open. It was pretty slow at the start but once we started getting into designing it was pretty good.’

However, the trip did provide aspects that both Talen and Jordan didn’t find as interesting. Jordan explained ‘There was a part where we were given headphones to listen to music and it was a bit boring. The freaky costumes were somewhat petrifying, they were very unsettling.’

Overall, the trip was a success for the class, who all state they were looking forward to it because of struggling to find set designers. It is the first of many trips for the art students, who are hoping for outstanding results and a successful future in art and design.

Entry to the museum is free, but the Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition is £19 a ticket. The museum is open everyday from 10am to 10pm and the exhibition is running until November 9, 2017.

Image by Grace Perry


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