19 Mar 2019

Sixth Form students at Sedbergh School enjoyed an action-packed trip to New York over half term.

The students and staff visited the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Guggenheim Museum, which provided inspiration and ideas for their A-Level studies. They also had some time to explore the sights and enjoy the atmosphere of the Big Apple.

Particular highlights included attending a New York Islanders ice hockey match, watching a Broadway production of Chicago and enjoying a boat trip past the Statue of Liberty.

The students also attended a graphics workshop about animated story boards, during which they wore virtual reality headsets. This allowed them to look down at their hands and feet and see them in robotic form.

Sedbergh School’s Head of Art Laura Bolton was delighted with the success of the trip.

She said, ‘The purpose of the trip was to inspire pupils not only to see art works in galleries but also to gain an insight into the culture in America to assist confidence when travelling. Most importantly, we wanted pupils to make the most of all opportunities and create personal responses in their sketchbooks.’

Mrs Bolton was pleased that so many pupils had clearly benefited from the trip, gaining merits for their subsequent work in class. She also noted that the school will hold an exhibition of photography, titled ‘New York’, in May to show the city through the eyes of a Sedbergh pupil.

Year 12 student Imara Silvester said that New York had exceeded her expectations. She explained, ‘I was so impressed with New York. I was thrilled that I got to see artworks in the flesh that I only thought I would ever see on the computer.’