The artwork of students from West Somerset College will be the subject of a new exhibition at The Museum of Somerset. ‘Lessons in Form’ will open in the museum’s Hammet Room on Saturday 14 March.

The students visited the museum’s two current exhibitions Landscapes of the Mind: The Art of Tristram Hillier and Form and Fascination: Artworks by Jenny Barron. They produced sketches in the gallery spaces, then worked with Jenny Barron to develop individual responses in watercolour.

The surreal exploration of form is central to the work of both Hillier and Barron and has been a powerful inspiration for the students.

“I was very impressed with how the students took inspiration from both the exhibitions and then produced such inventive and imaginative paintings in the unfamiliar (to them) medium of watercolour” Jenny Barron, Artist

“This is a fantastic opportunity to enable the students to have their work seen publicly, reflecting an authentic understanding of artists’ practice ” Lizzie Barnes, West Somerset College

“Many of the students involved in this project had never visited an art exhibition before. Jenny’s practical workshop really helped the students to understand what they’d seen and to develop their painting skills using Jenny’s wealth of tried and tested tips and knowledge” Cat Smith, Contains Art

This project was coordinated with Contains Art and made possible by the generous support of Arts Council England.