A level artists recently spent two days in London visiting a number of galleries to see a range of works, from innovative modern pieces to classic paintings by the likes of Picasso and Millais.

Upon arriving in London, the group wasted no time and went straight to the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at the Tate Gallery. This exhibition contains over a hundred of her paintings, ranging from her early works centring on emotive shapes to her paintings of New York buildings, New Mexico landscapes and also intricate animal skulls. Everyone loved the ‘Jimson Weed/White Flower’, which also happens to be the most expensive painting by a female artist ever sold atauction. After a quick lunch break on Southbank, the group spent the afternoon in the recently extended Tate, then finished the day at an Italian restaurant where there were many debates as to what everyone’s favourite pieces been that day.

The second day started with a guided tour and workshop in the renowned Saatchi Gallery, where the exhibition ‘Champagne Life’ displayed some of the most prominent up and coming talent in the art world. In the workshop, the students were encouraged to explore ideals within the media and, through block-printing, magazine cut-outs and colour, created their own personal collages in response to the exhibition and its theme ofthe excesses of modern lifestyle.

The last stop of the trip was at the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, to see the comparatively conventional paintings by artists like William Turner, who some had recently studied, and the exhibition ‘My Back to Nature’ by the Gallery’s associate artist George Shaw. It was then time to board the bus back to School, but everyone agreed that they had been inspired and excited by what they had seen.