The Aim

  • To enable children from our inner city schools to visit and appreciate the countryside
  • To consider the differences between living in the city and the country
  • To explore the English countryside and life outdoors by walking, observing, identifying and drawing
  • To use the work of David Hockney as a stimulus for art work, depicting a scene from a panoramic viewpoint
  • To capture the beauty of the landscape through art
  • To capture a specific scene using an array of artistic materials guided and inspired by a professional artist
  • To produce an artistic display for an exhibition
  • To learn the skills needed to produce outstanding artwork
  • To be aware of the various work opportunities that the countryside has to offer

Pre-visit to school

  • Explain the aims and objectives of the visit and go through the itinerary of the day
  • Discussions around young people’s perceptions of countryside and art
  • A discussion about David Hockney
  • Talk about safety, rules and behaviours to ensure the day is safe and enjoyable
  • Tell the children what to think about during the visit and answer any questions

The Visit

  • A visit to the village of Warter (Hockney country) led by professional artist to explore the area which inspired the famous artworks of David Hockney, one of Yorkshire’s most famous artists
  • Workshop in a beautiful converted church about the tourism, national heritage and history of Water
  • Coach trip into the countryside with a walk along a valley
  • Time spent sketching the landscape with various artistic materials
  • Back to the church to produce individual interpretations of the countryside with crayons, water colours, oils and chalk
  • After group discussions and support from the artist, production of individual final pieces of art for exhibition

Post-visit to school

To review and reflect on the learning experience and chat about the countryside and the differences in lifestyle. Review of the artwork produced, with links to City of Culture and the role of art in culture.