Paulines have lots of ideas and Art and Design provides wonderful opportunities for their imagination and creativity. Making Art is liberating, challenging and exciting – it offers the prospect of analysis, experimentation and risk taking.
In their first year all boys study Art and Design for two periods a week. For the two GCSE years, all boys follow a creative option, of which Art and Design is one. A level and Extended Project courses provide further specialist opportunities. Some pupils choose to study Art History as part of our Extended Project scheme. The courses provide a foundation, broadening pupils’ understanding of the diverse approaches to and the expressive qualities of the subject and help to develop an historical/critical awareness and artistic vocabulary. Our teaching covers many skills but the essential aims are to stimulate curiosity, individuality, expressive confidence, independent learning and an awareness for culture.
Under the general banner of Fine Art the possibilities for personal expression are endless, making it exciting and challenging. Pupils have the opportunity to choose to work across all the disciplines, allowing much scope for individually tailored research and development.
Work at this level gives Paulines a unique opportunity to develop a portfolio of sophisticated and mature art work. This broad ranging course gives plenty of opportunity to continue a practically based personal journey of discovery on a personal investigation followed by a response to an externally set brief. Component 1 of the A level, a personal investigation, carries 60% of the marks, 20% of which is allocated to a written personal study of a minimum 1000 words. Component 2, the externally set assignment, carries 40% of the marks.
A wide range of activities, talks and events are available outside the curriculum for anyone interested in Art and Design. Pupils take advantage of: supervised studio sessions during the long lunch breaks and after school; talks and demonstrations by visiting practitioners as part of the Paul Nash Society; contributions to a variety of school publications; making props for theatrical events; film making society, design for Young Enterprise initiatives and much more. Pupils also enjoy participating in evening and weekend Art based enrichment activities organised by SPARTA (St Paul’s Art Association). These include lectures given by highly regarded speakers, weekend workshops both internal and external, weekend visits to exhibitions and competitions. We run a lively lecture series. Speakers at the School have included Brian Eno, Richard Wentworth, Sandy Nairne, Bruce Maclean, Peter Blake, Peter Bazalgette (Chair of the Arts Council, England), Paul Weiland (Filmaker) and Matthew Slotover (Director of Frieze). Recently, Marc Quinn spoke to an audience of 280.
The Milton Gallery is centrally located in the department showing professional and pupil exhibitions throughout the year. Pupils get involved with curating their own shows. Recent shows have included works by Matisse, Peter Blake RA, Damien Hirst, Terry Frost, Bruce Maclean, Nigel Hall RA, Sandra Blow, and many emerging artists, architects and film makers. Recently we hosted a solo exhibition of Qin Feng and a group show of works by students from the Slade. Our exhibitions schedule is on our website and on Facebook.
After St Paul's
While Art education is for all, a few Paulines each year decide to take an Art foundation course prior to a specialist degree course in the field of Art and Design. Others apply to study Art-related degrees such as Architecture and Art History.
Some have made it their professional career: Sir Kenneth Adam is a production designer, well-known for his set designs for the James Bond films in the 1960s and 1970s, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, Dr Strangelove, Barry Lyndon and The Madness of King George. Matthew Slotover, co-publisher of Frieze magazine and co-director of the London art fair of the same name in Regent’s Park, is jointly rated the eighth most powerful person in Art by ArtReview.
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