Lauren Garret and Lauren Haire – Year 11

On Tuesday 11 February, the Year 11 art and design students and the moving image art (MIA) students visited the True Colours exhibition at the Ulster Museum.

We left school about 09:30 and travelled by coach to the museum. This exhibition shows off the best work from last year’s GCSE and A Level exams. The GCSE work was really eye-catching. We were struck by the high standard of the work and worried that we would never get to this standard but Mrs McCullough said we were only starting out and were already working at this level. We took photographs of the variety of approaches and media used to inspire us to produce sculptures, textiles and paintings to this level.

Looking at the A level work we were drawn to a really colourful dress which had been inspired by the work of Willy Wonka as it was done to look like sweets. There was even a painting of Sophie Davidson’s dad, who is an artist. We were really impressed by the quality of all of the work and thought it was of an extremely high standard.

After visiting the True Colours Exhibition we walked around the rest of the Museum to see the other displays. We went out into Botanic Gardens Palm House where we were able to take photographs of the flowers to use for our photograph pages and for drawing from.

We went into the shop, where we bought a notebook and some sweets before heading back to the coach. We would have liked to stay longer but it was a really good day which gave us lots of inspiration!