SOOOO proud of my daughter who was chosen to represent her school in a competition that “seeks to engage students, regardless of background or experience, with art and to develop the confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and conclusions”.
She had to present a 10 minute power point presentation to an “interested audience” about a work of art – she chose a painting by Jan Van Eyck called “The Marriage of Arnolfini” – an exquisitely detailed domestic painting that we went to see on Saturday at the National Gallery – given it was painted in 1433 the colours are unbelievable – he was one of the first artists to experiment with oil paints.
Look at this dramatic sky at Nelson’s Column:-
ANYWAY, the point is….it really is not at all easy to stand up in front of a load of people and talk. For ten minutes. She had to hold a microphone that shook a little and her mouth got a little bit dry but she did a brilliant job and I was very, very proud of her.
THE SAATCHI GALLERY!! HOW COOL IS THAT? To have been chosen to be in a competition hosted by the Saatchi Gallery.
She didn’t win. All the candidates (all girls this year) were amazingly impressive. All incredibly different. The girl who won literally spoke for ten minutes about a Henry Moore sculpture with no notes whatsoever. She was incredible. I can see her doing guided tours of the V & A in years to come….