For Level 2 and Level 3 Art & Design students, observational drawing is a key part of their course. Every year, students visit the Museum of Zoology in Cambridge for a morning of detailed sketching: but the museum is closed for refurbishment until 2016.
“We knew we had to find an alternative,” explains Course Team Leader Karen Little. “Then Art teacher Becky Cornish and I had an idea – to invite the Raptor Foundation, St. Ives, to bring along some of their birds.”
This proved to be an amazing success: the birds were excellent models and seemed to enjoy the attention, whilst students managed to produce a brilliant range of sketches in different media.
“The Raptor Rapture was a whole new experience for me. The birds were so elegant and majestic. I enjoyed the rare opportunity to get close to these raptors to do observational drawing,” says student Matt Summerscales.
“It was a fantastic experience,” adds Aaliyah Orchard. “It was a one in a lifetime opportunity, and I look forward to being able to show some excellent artwork at my university interviews.
Drawings below: left – Alysha Murphy, Tawny Owl, centre – digital drawing of Bataleur Eagle by Adam Prescott, right – Alysha Murphy
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