“To find yourself, think for yourself.”
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 to stage their own exhibition, which they curate themselves.
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.
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 IB course. 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 always studio space available for the further development of a student’s work.
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 and beyond. 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, Leeds. Most of our students will go on to study through a Foundation Course but some of our students also go straight in to a degree like Architecture or Fashion Design.
We offer a few trips throughout each academic year. In the past we have visited London Galleries, the Frieze Art Fair, Ashmolean, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Roche Court. We also run a very popular biennial Art Tour to New York which never fails to amaze, astound and inspire.
In the winter of 2015, the IB and A Level Art students visited the Big Apple, New York City! Find out more about this trip here.