St George’s has an extremely strong art department. We want our girls to be able to express themselves creatively, be bold and innovative and to create interesting, exciting and dynamic pieces in a variety of media. We take our pupils to see some of the top artists in the world, attend current exhibitions, give them excellent teaching in a wide variety of techniques and supply good quality materials and facilities so that they can challenge themselves to go beyond the boundaries to create some truly inspiring works.
Every pupil studies art until the end of the Third Year. At GCSE we offer both Fine Art and Textiles and students at A Level can study four different types of art: Fine Art, Textiles, Photography and History of Art. 100% of students who wanted to go onto do Art, architecture, fashion, design or photography after school have gained places in prestigious universities including Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London, Bournemouth and Canterbury. Two alumni to date have then gone onto run their own art galleries and many others have careers in fashion, design and digital imaging.
Currently St George’s has a sculpture and drawing room complete with kiln, photography department with dark room and digital imaging, textiles department with sewing machines and history of art classroom.
To view some of our pupils art please click on the galleries below:
Every girl in the First Year visits the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford to spend a day drawing the body, looking at shrunken heads and working with masks. GCSE students visit one of the excellent sculpture parks such as Kew Gardens, Roche Court New Art Centre, Farnham Sculpture Park or Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden to draw all day in stunning surroundings, concentrate on organic matter and look at shape and structure. We are fortunate being so close to London and take advantage of attending special big exhibitions as well as running regular visits to The Tate, Tate Modern and National Galleries. Most years we attend the Turner Prize where controversial artists exhibit at Tate Britain and run trips to the National Clothes Show in Birmingham. Internationally we have visited the Beinalle Art Exhibition in Venice and have also run Art History trips to Venice, Florence, Rome and Barcelona over the past few years.
Our girls are also encouraged to exhibit themselves and each year we enter students into the Windsor Art Festival. We have had students win prizes at the Saatchi Gallery and run our own St George’s Arts Festival in June where drama and art students showcase their A Level work for the rest of the school. The younger years have termly exhibitions up in the South Lawn Room – a white and airy space located centrally in the school which can be viewed by all the pupils and parents at any time. The GCSE exhibition runs during May and the A Level exhibition at the beginning of June. We also showcase individual students work in Reception every month – do look out for it when you visit.
In addition to scheduled art lessons, we also run a wide variety of art clubs for those who would like to enjoy being creative. The clubs run after school at 4.15pm:
Mondays – Life Drawing, often with live models
Tuesdays – Textiles Club
Tuesdays – Digital Imaging Art Club. Includes lino prints and creative seasonal topics
Wednesdays – Art Captain’s Club – run by our Art Prefect for younger girls on a series of topics in both 2D and 3D.
Thursdays – Clay Club including dustbin clay firing in the St George’s woods