Families enjoy Royal Academy’s Painting the Modern Garden visit and workshop
Four families with children and teenagers receiving treatment at UCH and GOSH were invited to a special visit to the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse on 4th April 2016.
Using the work of Monet as a starting point, arguably the blockbuster art exhibition of the year, examined the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s.
Tracing the emergence of the modern garden in its many forms, the exhibition walked the families through a period of great social change and innovation in the arts during the early twentieth century through great works by Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists.
After the exhibition, the families were given the opportunity to create their own still-life acrylic paintings of flowers with the guidance of artists, Becky Jelly and Harry Baxter.
Cheryl Holmes, mother of 12 year old, Debbie Holmes who is receiving treatment at UCH said the visit was, ‘Extremely therapeutic. What a lovely family experience!’
Her daughter Debbie commented, ‘This was fun and interesting and I would gladly do it again.’
Debbie’s sister, Rachel, said, ‘This was a brilliant experience and I would definitely want to do it again.’
Becky Jelly, Artist Educator said, ‘It was just wonderful to take the group through the exhibition and talk to them about the paintings. They had a wonderful interpretation of what they saw. The paintings they did in the session were all individual and full of great qualities. It was such a fantastic session with a great group of young people and their parents!’
Thank you to the RA and especially Artist Educators, Becky Jelly and Harry Baxter, for donating, leading the visit and the workshop. Thank you also to The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation who supported the visit.
Spread a Smile is dedicated to improving the time spent by seriously ill children and teenagers in hospital.
We take entertainers such as fairies, pirates, children’s characters, magicians, singers, face painters, authors and poets into Great Ormond Street and University College and The Royal London Hospitals.
Our aim is to bring much needed joy to these children and teenagers, diverting their attention away from their treatment, stimulating their minds and alleviating the boredom and monotony associated with sustained hospital stays. Families are often deeply affected by the hospitalisation of a child so we also entertain siblings.