Week 1: Introduction to Art and design in context

Our first task was to create a circus using figures of animals and people. We also had fences to section the circus off. Once we had done this we were told that we would be animating the circus that we had created. Then we were told to separate into groups to find the oldest building in Wolverhampton, which turned out to be St Peters Church which was a cathedral that became a chapel. The church was repaired and had improvements done to it during 1994. Each chapel is dedicated to a saint, we learnt that in the stain glass were the saints Matthew, Peter, Paul and James.

St Peters ChurchThen we came across the burial of St Richard Leverson who fought in the Spanish armada, he died in 1605. The chapel is built with Red sand stone, which was a modern building material during the time it was built. There was an incident where 1000’s of people were burnt alive because they didn’t want to be catholic.

After this we went out of the church and Latin Textcame across the statue of Lady Wulfruna, she was believed to be the daughter of King Alfred the Great. Near the statue there is writing in Latin about the church’s history. Charles the 2nd was with 13 women and had no kids with his wife.

Next we were taken further in front of the church where we found keys imaged on the floor, it represents secrets thatgroups ofpeople kept. In the same place a circus was once there where Buffalo Bill had been which links with the task of creating a circus. Then we visited another statue further on that was about Prince Albert Concort, who died in 1861. The Prince was then made into a statue then erected by subscription by the queen in 1866. The area was renamed from high market to queens square because the queen visited the statue and was grateful that the people created this statue of the prince because she was close with him.

After this we visited the art gallery, in Wolverhampton to find fish fossils and bones of sharks this suggests that Wolverhampton could have been underwater thousands or millions of years ago.

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