Ingla gets artistic at the National Portrait Gallery
The great Italian artist, Michelangelo, once said “A man paints with his brain and not with his hands”. At Ingla we work very hard, around the clock even, to improve our students’ brain (and English skills), so we thought we would put this axiom to the test at the National Portrait Gallery’s Drop-In Drawing.
This is a weekly Friday event in which artists of every stripe and level of ability grab a pad and pencil and put their creative mettle to the test using the museum’s extensive collection as inspiration. Whether complete beginners, like many of the Inglans on this trip, or seasoned experts everyone is welcome at Drop-In Drawing.
It’s a great, slightly unorthodox way of spending a Friday night, but it’s a breath of fresh air when compared to the typical weekend spent at a dingy boozer. It’s also a great way for our students to meet interesting people and to expand their cultural horizons in a city known for expanding cultural horizons.
On this Friday night, Ingla School of English became Ingla School of Art, as we travelled with half a dozen excited Inglans to Trafalgar Square to try our hand (not to mention brain) at producing indelible pieces of art. Armed with our tools, and a healthy disregard for artistic conventions, we set about finding just the right piece of art to draw.
Measuring up to the masters wasn’t really the aim, but testing the outer limits of our creativity and ability was. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and discovering new parts of you that make you who you are is something that we pride ourselves on at Ingla.
We see our students not just as walking pound signs, or empty vessels to be filled with grammar points and new vocabulary, but as complete people in search of their place in the world who have something to offer and something creative inside just waiting to get out. In the end, it turned out that more than a few Inglans had a secret artistic flair and were dab hands at drawing. Who would have thought?