After a weekend of getting up slightly later, there were a couple of bleary eyes first thing yesterday morning. A spot of breakfast soon brightened everyone up though, and our students left for class with renewed excitement after their days off.
Though for most of the students, returning to their lessons meant a return to the classroom, the Photography and Sketching class were doing the opposite. With a week’s worth of theories behind them, it was time for the class to head out into the city to test their artists’ eyes.
Oxford has so many grand architectural sites to inspire creativity that the class were spoiled for choice when trying to choose a drawing spot but eventually they settled on the Covered Market. Filled with not only a multitude of shops and curious objects, the market also offered a wide diversity of people to draw, making it the perfect spot for any artist!
Exploring Oxford’s beautiful architecture turned out to be a common theme for the day as some students from both cohorts spent the afternoon checking out Braesnose College. Located opposite the Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Camera, the college itself is equally stunning and provided great photos for our students.
Clearly inspired by what they’d seen that day, some of the students spent the evening sketching Yarnton Manor and its impressive grounds. The back lawn became quite a hub of activity as the evening went on, becoming the site for games of American football and badminton games.
Inside, our older students were calling on their imaginations too as they considered what and where they might like to go to university. With so many different subjects and universities to choose from, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed, but our counsellors were on hand as always to support and guide our students. Lots of the cohort have been inspired to apply to Oxford by their stay, which is very encouraging!
Whether they settled on Oxford, Cambridge, or somewhere else entirely, everyone felt far surer of their futures after the workshop and went off to bed with new determination.