Art Exhibition Private View 2017

As a current A Level Art student, I had limited insight into the creative interests of students in other cohorts, so this was the perfect opportunity for me to take a look at their trials, errors and successes.

The UC5 exhibition far exceeded my expectations! I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of paintings and prints, transforming each classroom into a labyrinth of visual stimulation. Sketchbooks featured a clear sense of development and thought process, often swapping in brisk but expressive drawings for words and descriptions. The GCSE students’ nonchalant use of this skill motivates me to become more experimental in my work.

I was also surprised by the ambition on show, from large-scale oil paintings to the unconventional use of mixed media, sculptural textiles and photography using the innovative technique of light painting.

A new event, the SFC1 Open Studios, offered a peek into the working environment and progress of first year A Level and IB Art students. The atmosphere was pensive yet creative and the exhibition focused on development rather than final pieces. Sketchbook pages with the student’s own analysis and plans illustrated their artistic thoughts and procedures, along with bold and individualistic experiments hanging from the walls. Younger students were able to gain first-hand insight into the student’s activities, which were both inspiring and informative.

SFC2 students' work provided a stimulating integration of sculpture, photography, sketches and textiles. In contrast to the SFC1 Studios, the pieces were mostly in their final stages. What I found most impressive was how refined and developed a lot of the work seemed to be. I could imagine the risks they took and the experimenting they had to do. I admired the individuality of each student, with some inclined to be more detail-oriented while others created pieces that could express so much in a few brushstrokes. It revealed how each student chose to develop as an artist, showed their different passions in varying art forms, and captured their progression over two years.

Even those who do not take art as a subject would find it a delightful and profound experience. The art block truly felt like a mini gallery. It allowed an authentic portrayal of what the students learn and study, both practical and theory-based.

We would like to sincerely thank the teachers and students who contributed to this remarkable event and we encourage all to attend next year.

Bernice Wong and Isabelle Zhang (SFC1)