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Art Curriculum

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Through the Arts at ACS Egham, students master experimentation as a different way of learning, as there is no single route to achievement.

Art can be relaxing and enjoyable, but it can also be challenging, demanding and rewarding. Students who take art quickly understand the nature of this balance between these two areas. 

Students learn about art through research and inquiry, and this learning, combined with studio practice, informs the art they make. With creative freedom students develop tolerance, understanding, and perspectives that will benefit them in ways tomorrow has yet to decide. Future-proofing the application of intelligence has never been more important.

 

Creativity is an integral part of success in the 21st Century, making the Arts in school more important than ever.
Andrew Vaughan, Head of Art at ACS Egham, helping an art student with their art piece
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Art & Creativity at ACS Egham

Andrew Vaughan, Head of Visual Arts at ACS Egham, explains the importance of art and creativity at the school.

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Art is a lively and open-ended subject that enables students to balance a sometimes demanding academic workload with a little more creative freedom, and the opportunity to take artistic risks.
Andrew Vaughan, Head of Visual Arts, ACS Egham
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Art Research

Art research includes looking at art from a variety of times and cultures.

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IB Art Exhibitions

There is also an annual IB Diploma Programme Visual Arts exhibition, featuring the work of visual arts students in their final year.

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Art Trips

In addition to running annual art trips to the major London art galleries (Tate Britain, Tate Modern, National Gallery etc), artists are invited into school to teach and demonstrate techniques to students. 

The art trips enable students to encounter ‘real’ art in galleries and exhibitions, and lead to a variety of art pieces created and frequently inspired by the works seen. The in-school workshops provide ideas for new directions within a planned art-course programme.

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