Art

IB Visual Arts students exhibit their work

The U6 IB Visual Arts Exhibition opened with a private view on the evening of Tuesday 26th March.

The student-curated exhibition was a huge success with fantastic attendance from girls, staff and parents. It showcases work from the eight U6 IB Visual Arts students. Their work explores a variety of themes including space, architecture, the human condition and cultural heritage, in a wide range of media including kinetic sculpture, installation, digital animation, painting, ceramics, metal and laser cut sculpture. 

People stand looking at art in white space of the Art School
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More than 100 girls head into city for inspiration

On Thursday 28th February, the Art Department took over 100 Art and Fashion Textiles students on a walking tour of Oxford to gain inspiration and visual resources for their current and forthcoming projects.

Girl is pictured sketching through the jaws of a dinosaur
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Trip provides Sixth Formers with ideas

On Monday 4th February, the L6 and U6 Art and Fashion/Textiles students went on a trip to both Tate Modern and Tate Britain in London. 

The group enjoyed the permanent collection at the Tate Modern, collecting artist links and inspiration for their projects. They caught the Thames clipper boat up the Thames to the Tate Britain where they found further valuable contextual resources with artists work from 1500 to the present day. 

Students stand in front of entrance to the museum
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U4 girls try their hands at portaiture

Thirty U4 Art students took part in a figure drawing workshop led by Charlotte Steel, a tutor from the Royal Academy of Art.

The workshop explored drawing the figure using a range of different techniques and approaches including working from direct observation and their imagination.

The girls worked from a model and created some very exciting and experimental work throughout the day.

Girls crouched on floor sketching a standing model
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Fascinating event brings two disciplines together

To celebrate the technical and aesthetic work carried out here in the UK and to give artists an experience of what it means to work in a research environment, several leading universities at the cutting edge of jet engine design invited Oxford-based artists and the Ruskin School of Art to share in their scientific process.

Girl reaches across to touch piece of scientific equipment
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Natural History Museum provides artistic inspiration

On Tuesday 16th October, U4 girls explored a vast range of specimens from the Natural History Museum's extensive collection.

Girls were able to make observational drawings from the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit, some of which were collected by Charles Darwin himself. Other points of interest were some decoratively carved bones (suggesting early cannibalism!) and a CAT scan of a bees brain.

Girls stand on steps in front of Natural History Museum
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Swansong exhibition impresses

At the end of another very busy year in the Art Department the End of Year Exhibition highlighted the work of more than 80 GCSE, A Level and IB Art and Design students. Work by the GCSE and A Level Fashion Textile Design students amazed visitors with aluminium costumes, flamboyant and innovative work in a range of unusual materials as well as highly-skilful pattern cutting and design. 

Girl in Prep School uniform looks at painting of multiple faces displayed on table
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Architecture Workshop challenges girls to create their own 'expos'

Activities Week 2018 really drew out the creative talent across the entire U4.

Award winning Jak Studios architects from London set girls a challenging task to research, design, draft and finally build a 3D scale model of an international civic Expo structure.

Two girls add finishing touches to a tree-like structure
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Work selected for prestigious teen festival

An animation by one of our sixth formers has been selected to appear in a festival in San Francisco.

Zoe, who is in L6, sent her three-minute 2D animation, 'The Memory Of' for consideration in the Teen Animation Festival International based at the Walt Disney Family Museum.

Zoe's animation shows a figure walking along a street, using simple block colours in a grey/blue palate
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Intricate technique demonstrated by designer Bobbie Seagroatt

Sixth Form Fashion students took part in an exciting Japanese pattern cutting workshop with specialist designer Bobbie Seagroatt.

She focussed on the ancient art of forming geometric shapes from nature in order to produce sculptural clothing, inspired by the work of Tomoko Nakamichi.

Bobbie Seagroatt gives workshop to girls
Girl pins garment to tailor's dummy
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