The arts are often the most emotive way of communicating profound ideas. In our international community a multitude of displays, exhibitions and performances provide all of our students with a ‘voice’ to explore and broadcast experiences and perspectives.
Whatever the medium, student creativity has, and will always, spotlight what makes us different and, more importantly, what brings us together.
at ACS Cobham
Here at ACS Cobham, we don’t have a “House Style”
We believe in the student centred ethos that is promoted across the whole school and this informs our teaching and curriculum design. In our displays and exhibitions of work, student voice shines through and makes for the variety and range in the work on show. As the students become more experienced and competent as they rise through the grades in the school, we believe it is important to offer more choice in the options available for the students to express themselves, whether through the ideas they want to express or the processes they use to do so. We believe that Visual Art is very important way for students to make sense of the complex world that they live in.
By both learning through the arts and from the arts, students can become more knowledgable about the function and purpose of the arts in their culture and that of others. In improving their cultural and visual literacy, we hope that they will all be able to identify how the Visual Arts can help them have a deeper understanding of society in an era of rapid and unprecedented change.
Beyond the Art Studio
The Visual Arts team at ACS try to stay up to date with the latest in pedagogy and initiatives in Arts education. A partnership with the education team at Tate Modern is one example; another is an action research project that is exploring how “Habits of Mind for Artistic Engagement (Eric Booth) might result in skills and habits that would extend beyond the art studio and be enduring experiences for the students post high school.
The main thrust of our programme is student enrichment and participation. At least six theatre productions are staged annually, with work ranging from adaptations of Greek tragedy to children’s theatre. Performances take place on campus and in regional theatres with professional facilities and expertise. Students are able to explore all aspects of stagecraft, on stage and off.
The music performance programme is rooted in the curriculum, with event opportunites that include mini-concerts, recitals, talent shows and charity fundraisers, as well as whole-school choral and instrumental shows, and a bi-annual Spring Concert.
The latest development on campus is the EJ Poularas Performing Arts Centre with three music classrooms, a music technology suite, practice rooms, two drama studios, performance spaces and a 500+ seat auditorium complete with fly-tower. This impressive addition opened in August 2014.
Little Shop of Horrors 2018