The Department believes that art is a form of communication: that it is a means of expression, aesthetic experience and problem solving. Throughout all year groups, our aim is to encourage, stimulate and develop the pupils through personal expression, imagination, conceptual thinking and practical skill. Regular excursions are arranged with the goal of developing the students’ artistic appreciation.
Our dedicated teaching staff includes our own Artist-in-Residence and a Technician whose expertise includes experience in drawing and painting, printmaking, sculpture, black and white photography, digital photography, textiles, computer-aided design and video art.
Art is also offered as an after school activity and on Saturday mornings.
Each year the Department showcases the work of its young artists by staging two well attended public shows, one displaying the work of IB students and the other featuring pieces by GCSE candidates and those in younger age groups.
Art History is the study of the rich heritage of visual arts produced by human societies. The discipline is fundamentally about how individuals and social groups have responded to and represented aspects of their world and experience.
As part of the IB Diploma programme, Art History forms an option in group 3, individuals and societies. It is studied at Standard Level only.
The art historian is concerned with the formal appreciation of works of art and the understanding of their meaning within the culture that produced them, as well as the relationships between one culture and another. Visual literacy is particularly relevant in an age when we have unprecedented access and exposure to images.
First-hand experience of artworks is desirable in the study of Art History, and extensive use will also be made of art historical learning, including documentary sources and art criticism, stimulating students to develop informed critical responses. Emphasis is placed on the development of analytical and discursive skills, both in writing and orally. Students will be required to research independently and in groups, make presentations in class, contribute to class discussion and submit written papers throughout the course.View the <gallery> of St Leonards pupils artwork.