ART (A level and IB)
"O young artist, you want a subject? Everything is a subject; the subject is yourself; they are your impressions, your emotions before nature. You must look within yourself and not around yourself.’’ - Delacroix
The Art Department is housed in the beautiful Art School which is bathed in natural light. It was opened by Professor Sir Christopher Frayling in November 2008 and consists of four beautifully lit studios, which accommodate facilities for printmaking, sculpture, drawing and painting. We also have a dark room and Macs for film making and photography.
At A level we follow a fine art syllabus as we feel it is the very best way in which to support a young creative mind. We strive to encourage the individual to establish their own artistic practice based on a clear understanding of the formal elements used in the making of art. A single theme is developed across the A level course. Alongside this single theme a series of two-week developmental and drawing exercises are carried out in order to support a student’s burgeoning artistic language.
There are many opportunities to work within the Art School during a student’s free time, where they will have the support of a member of the teaching staff or of a technician. There is also always studio space available for the further development of a student’s work.
The IB Visual Arts Programme is a wonderful course of study. Each student is encouraged, through the course of the two-year programme, to establish a clear understanding of their own artistic practice.
There are three elements of study each of which will be examined at the end of the course: Process Portfolio, Exhibition, Comparison Activity.
The greatest difference between the IB Programme and the A level programme is the exhibition element which affords each student the opportunity to plan and stage their own exhibition, which they curate themselves.
We very much encourage individuality amongst our art students. We have found this the best way in which to prepare a young artistic mind for further academic study through Art School or University. Many of our students go on to some of the best universities and art schools in the country. In the past students have gone on to study at St Martins, Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon (CCW), Parsons New York, Goldsmiths, Edinburgh, Glasgow School of Art, and Leeds. Most of our students will go on to study through a Foundation Course but some also go straight into a degree like Architecture or Fashion Design.
We offer a number of trips throughout each academic year. In the past, we have visited London Galleries, the Frieze Art Fair, Ashmolean, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, and Roche Court. We also run a very popular biennial Art Tour to New York which never fails to amaze, astound and inspire.
“To find yourself, think for yourself.” Socrates