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Why would a renowned artist come in to the College to help our A Level geography students better understand their course?

Brian Pollard - one of the South West's most popular naive painters - came in to the College to speak to the students to look at the part of the course which looks at meanings and representations attached to places.

Brian Pollard Artist

"As a Geography teacher, this is a tough element of the A-Level specification to teach!" said Mr Campion, Raising Standards Leader Geography KS4 and KS5.

"To ensure my students received the best learning experience I invited Brian Pollard in to discuss his art with the students with a particular focus on how Plymouth is represented through his art.

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"We had an amazing afternoon, the conversations was very though- provoking and the students certainly learnt a lot through a really memorable experience."

Brian, whose paintings of Plymouth landmarks such as Smeaton's Tower and the Dolphin pub are immediately recognisable, often runs art sessions in primary schools but this is the first time he has been asked to come to a Geography lesson at a secondary school.

"I don't think people are always familiar with the way artists work and how they compose a painting and it is very relevant to the way a place is perceived and represented," said Brian, who brought in a number of his original paintings for the students to see.

"I've enjoyed my visit - the students asked me some very interesting and insightful questions."

Year 13 student Amy said it was a "fascinating" afternoon.

"He definitely showed us that a sense of place can be conveyed in a variety of ways - not just through demographics and statistics but through art too," she said.

"His work does make you look at familiar things in a different way."


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