The artist Cornelia Parker describes her work as being “akin to a chemical reaction between the artist and the stuff of the world.”
Art is a very popular subject in Strathearn and the girls are very successful in their work, with many girls carrying on their studies after school and choosing art related careers.
In forms 1-3 all pupils study Art and Design for 2-3 periods per week.
Each year there are two GCSE, AS and A-level classes.
Girls are taught in two large, bright studios and one smaller studio.
Everyone is encouraged to participate in the creative process.
In their Art studies, pupils are encouraged to make meaningful and exciting connections with the wider creative world. Trips to galleries and museums, workshops, and responding to the work of artists past and present all add to the girls’ experiences. A lunchtime Art Club is offered to examination pupils, and many girls also benefit from extra-input from staff after school. AS and A-level students can opt to use some of their independent study time in the studio space available. We never have a dull moment in the department!
A wide range of approaches are used to produce creative outcomes, from hand-made felt through to dynamic mixed media pieces. A dedicated print-making area has been established for use by pupils in the senior school, allowing them to make professional quality dry-points and collagraphs.
The highlight of the Art year is the Exhibition of examination work held in June. This event celebrates all that the GCSE, AS and A2 students have achieved.
Watch this space for a changing gallery of the Art of our talented and hard-working pupils.