A group of Year 10 and Year 12 Art students travelled to the Forest of Dean last weekend to take part in an Art residential weekend at St Briavels.

Built in the early 12th century, St Briavels was an important royal castle on the frontier with Wales. Staying in a location with such a rich history provided the perfect backdrop for our young artists to immerse themselves in the beauty of their surroundings.

During their residential, our students used their creative skills to produce a number of pieces of work. On the first day they primarily worked with charcoal as they produced studies at Tintern Abbey. On Saturday the group travelled to Lydney Docks and Symonds Yat where they used water colour, fine liner and oil pastels.

On Sunday their destination was Aust beach, where they were challenged to carry out an ink study under the Severn Bridge, before they headed off to Cardiff Art Gallery to study the work of other artists. The final destination of the weekend was Goodrich Castle where the students created artwork using mixed media and collage.

This annual trip has become a tradition in the St Edward’s calendar for GCSE and A Level Art pupils. Our Head of Art, Mr Richardson, introduces students to amazing locations, techniques and intriguing discussions, enabling each and every one of them to make the most of the weekend’s opportunities.