‘One of our great national strengths, the UK’s creative industries plays an important part in the way the UK is seen in world markets. Worth more than £70 billion, it is one of our fastest-growing sectors and currently provides nearly two million jobs. Our ambition is to continue to grow the Saturday Club so that, by 2018, as many as 2,500 young people will be taking part in free Saturday morning art and design classes. These young people are the UK’s next creative generation. (http://saturday-club.org)
St Augustine's Girls and participants in the Saturday Art Club with co-founders, Frances and John Sorrell.
Art Students from LV-LVI celebrated their achievements with the National Saturday Art Club at Somerset House on Sunday 15th June. Samara (LV), Veronica (LV), Charmaine (UV), Amilla (UV), Jeeba (UV) and Kiran (LVI) have all participated in the 30 week sessions that took place at the University of West London with their tutors Linda Newcombe and Zohra Hussain, and many other students from different schools in West London. Their weekly sessions included practical art activities with an emphasis on collaboration, workshops with professionals and trips to art galleries and exhibitions. The fruits of their creative endeavours were exhibited alongside the work of other students from other institutions in London and beyond; some coming from as far as Wales and Cornwall. The private view was well attended by artists, designers, parents, friends, tutors and teachers, and participating students were rewarded with a certificate and Saturday Art Club celebratory book illustrating all the achievements of the year. Frances and John Sorrell, founders of the Sorrell Foundation and funders of the National Saturday Art Club, presented these to students. Both spoke inspirationally about their personal experience with Art, particularly at the age of 14 - the age of some of the club participants, and their vision for the provision of creative opportunities for students nationally, bringing together school children, university tutors, professional designers, artists and architects. Their intention is for these experiences to complement the art curriculum in schools. They touched on the importance of creative education with the creative industries being the fastest growing industry in the UK today.
The exhibition continues at Somerset House. Please do go down and show your support for our talented students. Also, do check out the Saturday Art Club website for further information on the club's purpose and activities:
Embankment East Gallery
Students celebrate their achievements and point out the wonderful work they produced at the club.
Group photo of University of West London participants with tutor, Linda Newcombe.
I am pleased to announce that we are looking to employ a teacher of Art to join our wonderful department. Please see the documents below for all information and the application form. The deadline for applications is midday on the 27th March with an aim to interview on the 28th.
Please make sure you check out the first edition of the Creative Industries E-Magazine, accessible from the Art Department's website, under 'Enrichment' and then 'Creative Industries Group'. The girls have worked very independently to produce an exciting edition that deals with pioneering technology in the Creative Industries.
You can also follow their experiences on their blog, also accessible from the website or by clicking the link below:
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London is very privileged to be hosting a free show of James Turrell's light installations. The works incorporate beautiful and ephemeral use of light and colour, unitising space and technology in their making. James Turrell is an American artist that takes inspiration from Quaker Meeting Houses and creates wonderfully atmospheric spaces that encourage contemplation and tranquility. If you see one show this year, make it this one!
A Level Photography students enjoyed a visit to The Photographer's Gallery near Oxford Circus. Observing the work of David Lynch, Andy Warhol and William Burroughs gave students the opportunity to consider camera techniques, presentation skills and subject matter that may impact on the development of their exam brief. Students also experienced the gallery's own Camera Obscura and interacted with pioneering digital media. This vista was followed up with a stroll down Cork Street, visiting smaller galleries with a wide range of artworks of varying disciplines.
Examination students had an enriching visit to the Tate Britain where they studied the wonderful works of British artists from the 16th century until now. Having the opportunity to study artwork up close and not through a computer screen is tremendously important as scale, texture, detail and colour can clearly be studied and considered. Students took this opportunity to aid the development of ideas for newly set exam themes.
Last chance to see contemporary photographic portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition ends on the 9th February and concession price is £2. Younger photographers please be aware that there is nudity in some photos so ask permission from parents before going.
This 2014 exam themes for Edexcel are listed below:
GCSE Art and Design: 'Order and Disorder'
AS-Level Art and Design and Photography: 'Earth, Fire, Wind and Water'
A-Level Art and Design and Photography: 'Growth and Evolution'
The new student areas have resources ready for you to use!
Saint Augustine's Art Department continues to thrive with students engaging meaningfully with contemporary art practice and making exciting and innovative artwork!