Four weeks into the Autumn Term, Year 11 art student visited two interesting sights in the nearby area.
First, the Pierre Gianadda Foundation and then the European indoor cycling centre in Aigle. Why those two places? The unit that the students are working within is “Man &/or Machine” and both places are easily connected to this stimulus.
The foundation has a wonderful collection of incredible sculptures from a huge variety artists and there is a vast collection of vintage cars. Currently it is holding an exhibition of Giacometti and Rodin’s sculptures which are truly two of the world’s preeminent creators.
The UCI cycling centre is a wonderful piece of modern architecture and its sole use is for cycling, and pushing humans to their absolute best in a sporting field, an obvious connection.
Trips like this are vital in order to reinforce experiential and contextual learning. Students learn to access museum work and look at things in a different way. Field trips are a way of enhancing classroom learning by making real-world connections, in addition, such trips expose students to different lifestyles, places and eras.