A week ago students taking the module Introduction to the Arts in Britain through English visited Tate Britain in London.
They specifically visited paintings by John Constable and William Turner, the two major British landscape painters of the 19th century. This was in part to be able to experience first-hand paintings that we had looked at in reproduction in class, as well as other works by these artists.
Most of the students also managed to explore the whole Tate Britain collection, or at least most of that bit of it that was on display and hanging on the day. 😉
It was a timely visit:
Firstly: Tate Britain has very recently re-opened after a £45 million refurbishment and chronological re-hang of its collection spanning 500 years’ of British art.
Secondly: The weather was fine, although grey and overcast so not inspiring for art lovers, (at least it wasn’t raining) and the trip both to and from London went smoothly. This allowed us to walk along the river and do a little sight seeing on the way.