Artistic Students Visit Britain’s First Sculpture Park

Rochdale Sixth Form College’s budding artists took their sketchbooks and pencils to the beautiful Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire to see the UK’s first sculpture park.

It was here, at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, that they came face to face with the famous outdoor art installations in their entirety, such as, Barbara Hepworth’s “The Family Man” and “Bronzes” by Henry Moore, surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire landscape.

The 47 Art students from Rochdale Sixth Form College were given the opportunity to wander around the art park, spending their time drawing and photographing particular pieces of interest. They also took part in a guided tour of the sculptures and installation areas which they all found interesting.

Chloe Moore who is currently studying for her A-Level in Art at Rochdale Sixth Form said: “It really is a fantastic place to visit.  Sketching in the open air certainly makes a change from the art studio or my kitchen table.   I could have stayed there for days as there’s so much to see and be wowed by.”

Art Subject Leader, Steph Dixon said: “The students all came away from the park thoroughly inspired with lots of ideas as to how they can incorporate what they saw into their current pieces.  The visit supports AO1 Critical Thinking and AO3 Observational Studies of the Art syllabus and also gave the students an opportunity to enjoy art in the outdoors.”