Year 3 Visit to the Royal Academy

21st March 2016

“On Thursday 17th March Year 3 went to the Royal Academy. We went to the exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse. We were split into two groups: one with Miss Hare and one with Mrs Green. Each group had a guide. I was in Mrs Green’s group. Our guide showed us around Monet’s Water Lily paintings. Monet had wanted to show us in different painting the light at different angles and at different times of the day.

Near the end of our tour we saw his painting of his Japanese bridge in his enormous garden. He changed the colour of the bridge near the end of his life. At the very end we were shown three enormous canvases. Unsurprisingly, they were separated and sold to three different American museums before the Royal Academy reunited them. We then thanked our guides and the two groups met. Mr Harley then paired us up and each pair was given two clipboards with questions on them. As we didn’t have much time, we didn’t complete the questions. Mrs Green led us to a screen with black-and-white videos of Monet painting in his garden. We were allowed to draw a painting from memory or from the films. Unfortunately we hadn’t any more time and had to leave. Even despite the time this was a wonderful trip!” Lucrezia