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. From Year 10 GCSE students continue to produce work in all these creative areas. They then have the option to specialise in one or more areas if required.
We offer seven subject options at GCSE level:
Unendorsed ( a mixture of any of the below)
Three Dimensional Design
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The Art department run an interesting programme of visits to galleries and exhibitions that benefit students’ work. 2010-11 visits included The Design Museum, Zandra Rhodes’s Museum of Fashion and Textiles in Bermondsey, the Computer Arts Graduate Showcase at Cafe 1001, Brick Lane, the Museum of Brands, Advertising and Packaging in Notting Hill, the Powell Cotton Museum in Birchington and Billy Childish’s studio in Whitstable.
There is an annual summer show where the students’ work is showcased. The web gallery is also an excellent means of display.
Regular half and one day artist workshops are held to encourage a broad approach to the creative process. Life drawing classes are held weekly.
An artist in residence scheme is in place with a diverse range of artists/photographers/designers working with students on the College premises throughout the year.
Recent trips organised by the Art Department include overseas visits to Paris, Barcelona, Florence, Rome and Pisa as well as many visits to the V & A, Tate Modern, the National Portrait Gallery, the London Museum of Transport, the Saatchi Gallery and the Royal Academy.
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.