AN abundance of creativity was celebrated at Steyning Grammar School when it opened its doors to the public for a special Art, Photography, Media and Technology Exhibition.
This impressive exhibition on featured work of some 500 students from various departments including Art, Animation, Photography, Film and Media and Technology who have recently completed GCSE, BTEC, AS and A level courses. The public filled the school for the unique showcase event.
Head teacherNick Wergan said: “The talent on display is quite superb, at A-Level and GCSE, and the breadth and depth across genres a real mark of Steyning Grammar School creative excellence.
The quality is jaw-dropping – we are very proud of our students’ flair, originality and grit as they develop their ideas and work into final pieces, and thank our staff for their inspirational support.”
Claire Vilday, faculty leader for creative and performing Arts at Steyning Grammar School, said: “People were amazed by the high quality and diversity of the students work, proving that our students’ positive and focused enthusiasm has brought remarkable outcomes.”
GCSE Art students (122 candidates) displayed their examination work entitled ‘Together and/or Apart’. The theme this year seemed to generate a lot of interest in relationships, mixed media and expressive portraits. Students excelled themselves in painting in particular.
GCSE animation students (candidates) showed their short animation films and a range of photographic outcomes. Students used a variety of different styles and genres including hand drawn, stop motion and live animation. Students from this course have had a good insight into use of new media in art and design.
At AS level the growing number of art and photography students (59 students) displayed examination work created in response to the theme ‘relationships’. Students had to think carefully about how to avoid being literal or obvious with their interpretation of this theme.
They managed this by gathering their own resources and developing exciting solutions in watercolour, acrylic, poster paint, ICT drawing programmes, dry point etching, graphite and textiles. They were supported by a great visit to London Galleries.
A large group of Art and Photography A level students (54 candidates) responded to a theme ‘flaws and perfections, compromise orideal’. This was a great theme for students leaving the school.
One student decided to create an installation which was an eclectic mix of period styles, typifying an ordinary person’s home. Another student researched traditional and contemporary botanical illustration using bleach and ink. After a visit to the Booth museum and collecting various studies of different insects she created three pieces which demonstrated excellent creativity and impressive details.
As usual students had worked hard to produce exemplary sketchbook work and final outcomes.
Many students will continue their Art education at local Foundation courses. They have been successful in gaining places at Camberwell, Brighton, Chichester, Paris and Hong Kong and another student continuing art education in Italy. Many students have offers at a range of prestigious universities including joining degree courses in fine art, digital photography,architecture, animation and game design.
This year, for the first time, media and film students exhibited their final outcomes and films in an exciting cinema style experience and display. It was wonderful to celebrate the achievement of all our students at the private view on Thursday, June 11. Musical interludes, light refreshments and a summer evening provided a fabulous ambience for students and the local community to enjoy.
For more information on the courses available at Steyning Grammar School please visit the curriculum section of our website www.sgs.uk.net
Report and pictures contributed by Steyning Grammar School.