Move over Manet! ACS Egham students exhibit final artwork
Final year students at ACS Egham International School have showcased their creations in an end-of-year art exhibition.
The annual exhibition, now in its 16th year, is the culmination of two years’ work for students on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Visual Arts course.
Andrew Vaughan, Head of The Arts at ACS Egham, explains:
As part of the course, students tackle open-ended assignments which are designed to stimulate their individual artistic flair and give each student a chance to explore themes which are meaningful to them.
“At the end of the two years, students have built up a significant body of work, the envy of any budding artist, and at the exhibition, they select their best pieces to represent their own creative explorations.”
This year, six students, aged 17 – 18, each exhibited up to eleven artworks using a range of art techniques including photography, 3D and ceramic work, life-drawing and acrylic canvas paintings. As part of the assessment process, they also have to analyse and compare artworks by artists from different cultural backgrounds.
Irene, aged 17, comments: "In my work, Blue, the colour scheme was chosen to recall the tones of the sea in the background. This was a study of a picture of my sister taken by me during the summer, the aim is therefore to convey serenity and nostalgia coming with summer days. There was no particular inspiration for this painting, just a memory. "
"The idea for this artwork Three Graces was to recreate the classical depiction of the Three Graces, one of the most famous subjects in mythology and greatly celebrated in classical literature and art. However, I decided to make it unique with the use of a surreal composition and geometrical colour patterns. "
Mr Vaughan added: “They put a lot of hard work and dedication into their final pieces and I am exceptionally proud of our students and how far they have progressed over their IB Visual Arts course.”