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Harry Potter Trip (17 May 2017)

On Wednesday 17th May 2016, Miss Jones and Mr Thomas of the Art and Design Technology Departments took a group of 44 Year 9 pupils to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London.

As pupils are currently making the big decision of what to study at GCSE level, this was an excellent opportunity to see what career paths are available in the creative sector. Pupils began their visit by taking part in a workshop where they had the opportunity to study the design processes and level of detail required to design and make props, costumes and sets in a film. Using world famous costumes, carefully crafted props and intriguingly designed white card models, students were taught the secrets of the art department and film making by professional designers who worked on the film sets with the likes of Daniel Radcliffe himself!!

In the ‘costume design’ workshop, we had the opportunity to study costumes from the Harry Potter film series and how the Costume Designers work to distress garments according to the character's storyline (Miss Jones got very excited about being able to touch Ron Weasley’s outfit from the Dealthy Hallows film that he wore). Pupils then had to breakdown authentic fabric from the Harry Potter film series, using a range of professional distressing tools.

In the ‘set design’ workshop, we focused on the artwork from the Harry Potter series and learnt how the Production Designer tackles a script brief, examining the process from sketch, into storyboard and model, resulting in the final set. Pupils studied the design plans, storyboards, concept art and white card models used in the Harry Potter films, then created their own white card model for their own film set.

Pupils then had time to explore the Studio Tour at their own pace. We drank Butterbeer, boarded the Hogwarts Express and crept through the Forbidden Forest hoping to not wake Aragog. Wandering up through Diagon Alley, we visited Olivander's and many pupils had their first taste of Wizarding life and left with wand in hand.

All pupils were exceptionally well behaved and a real credit to themselves, their families and the school. We all left as Muggles and returned as Witches and Wizards.

Please see the below link which will take you to the gallery section to show some of the pictures that were taken on the trip.

Harry Potter Trip (Pictures)