The ‘Ramon Casas: A Much Yearned Modernity’ temporary exhibition was the central event in a series to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the nineteenth-century Catalan painter, an icon of modernity and modernism.
The students could see a selection of 178 works by the painter in various media such as painting, drawing and poster, as well as a large collection of vintage photographs that helped frame his work within the social and cultural context of the period in which he lived.
The KS4 and KS5 Art group also had the opportunity to visit the Cau Ferrat Museum, Santiago Rusiñol’s home workshop, contemporary Modernist artist. The Museum houses collections of ancient art (painting, forge, ceramics, glassware, archeology, sculpture and furniture) and modern art (painting, drawing, sculpture).
IB Art Teacher Ms Fernández, who was accompanied by Mrs Kovak on the trip, pinpointed the many benefits of this visit:
- Give the students the opportunity to see first-hand art works in different media
- Learn about the Catalan Modernist movement and its artists
- Discover a local museum
- Give the IB students an insight into developing their own curatorial rationale
- See study sketches, photographs and objects of the artist’s interest that are part of the developing process to create a final piece and help the students understand the creative process
Ms Fernández said “This activity fits perfectly into the curriculum, for it gives the students opportunities to appreciate different art works and media, discover artists and art history, learn about the process of creating a coherent and creative body of work and also understand what a curator does in an exhibition”, and added “Overall, most students enjoyed a lot this exhibition. They felt they could understand the work and the creative process behind it. They appreciated seeing different styles, themes and use of media. It was a great opportunity to get them thinking about their own practice and personal art projects. I feel the students left the museum with enthusiasm and looking forward to keep developing their art work and try out new things!”