Oxford Academy

Art Trips

  • Thirteen Year 10, 12 & 13 students attended an Art workshop day organised and sponsored by the Ashmolean in Oxford March 2017.  The day was centered around JMW Turner’s famous painting ‘A View of the High Street, Oxford’ which was recently obtained by the Ashmolean Museum. Students started with a tour of Brasenose college, during which they had inside access to Oxford University, and a drawing activity with artist Jon Lockhart on Oxford High Street to get to know the area Turner painted for this work.  Then they had a Q&A session with Colin Harrison, curator for Gallery 67, at the Ashmolean Museum to discuss and analyse Turner’s painting.  This was proceeded by a behind the scenes look at the Ashmolean print room with Caroline Palmer where students were able to view and interact with some of Turner’s watercolour paintings of Oxford as well as drawings by Raphael, Michelangelo and Da Vinci.  The day finished with a practical art session with the artist Jon Lockhart where they created mixed media and sculptural outcomes based on their drawings and work throughout the day.  The students worked fantastically and really showed off their creativity and skill, all developing individual outcomes which they then projected with lights and photographed.   Photos from the Art Workshop day in Oxford : (Ian Wallman/IW photography)
  • Year 12 & 13 Art students visited Blackwell’s Book Store in Oxford City Centre to discuss plans for an exhibition they will host at the end of the school year.  Students had the opportunity to tour the book store, including historic rooms closed to public access, and learn more about the history of Blackwell’s and the family.  They even had a chance to see authentic William Morris wallpaper in the historic living quarters of the Blackwell family.  Students then met with store staff to discuss the planning of the exhibition and learned more about the space in which they will exhibit their work.  The trip ended with a tour of the Art & Poster shop across the road and a discussion with staff there about selling prints of their artwork in store during their exhibition.  Students are very excited for this fantastic opportunity to plan and host their own exhibition at such a prestigious location in Oxford.  The exhibition will be held at the Nero café in Blackwell’s at the end of June / start of July; exact dates and details will be confirmed and shared online once planned.

Photos are below of:

  • William Morris wallpaper in the historic family living quarters
  • A Blackwell family member
  • Students touring the store and discussing plan with staff
  • A mural at Blackwell’s
  • The store itself

Our Year 9 Art GCSE students are currently studying Georgia O'Keeffe and had a fantastic time at the Tate Modern. Lots of amazing research and sketches for their current 'Natural Forms' project. All students were an absolute credit to the school, we received lovely comments from staff and visitors.


This was a brilliant opportunity for the us to see the collection in the UK.