4 October 2018
Last week we went on a trip to the Museum of the History of Science to practice drawing on site, and to eventually create a detailed response page for I/GCSE.
The Museum of the History of Science is actually the old Ashmolean building and it is the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum. The museum showcases a collection of globes, microscopes and unusual scientific instruments ranging from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. We were given several different tasks, such as drawing with one continuous line, or with negative space. In one of the tasks we even had to partner up with someone and draw what they described. In the museum was a sketchbook made collectively by artists and their thoughts about the museum. It was very interesting to see the different styles in which they had responded to the museum.
We also met a Japanese art teacher, who was interested in how students in different parts of the world act in museums. She showed us a traditional way to print, with examples done by her own students in Japan. It was really eye-opening to see how art is taught and responded to from different parts of the world, and how techniques differ from culture to culture.
Overall, I thought it was a very involving and unique experience. I had never drawn objects like these before or thought of how science and history links to art. The trip to the museum has given me a lot of inspiration which I will use in upcoming projects.
Chelsea and Caroline, Year 10