Lower School Students develop their practical skills in painting and drawing, graphic design, photography, textiles and ceramics. There is also the opportunity to work on computer based animation projects.
Our Lower School students have completed a project to create their own Faberge eggs from found materials and lots of sparkles. There was a prize for the best which was hotly contested by all. Judging by the Head of Art Kelly Flatman was a serious business but Jon in Year 8 was chosen as the winner and presented with his prize, a book on art techniques.
Art trips last year saw Lower School students take an architectural tour of London that culminated with ice skating at Somerset House, visit the Robots exhibition and take a tour of the retired submarine HMS Ocelot at Chatham dockyards. They used observations of retro analogue dials, automaton structures and space age ideas in their art projects. They also visited the V&A, Tate Modern, where students received a blast of 20th and 21st Century art from Monet to Chris Ofili, the British Museum and the new Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate.
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The well known artist, poet and musician Billy Childish is a Visiting Lecturer. Billy was closely associated with the Young British Artists, founded the Stuckist movement and has been described by fellow artist Peter Doig as “one of the most outstanding, and often misunderstood, figures on the British art scene.” Billy is the only RIC member of staff as far as we are aware to have inspired the name of a Kylie Minogue album and to have counted Kurt Cobain and Jack White amongst his celebrity fanbase.