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History of Art

History of Art

The History of Art department is a small and enthusiastic department responsible for teaching the A level course and contributing to the Year 7 ‘Civilisation’ carousel.

History of Art A level involves observation and appreciation of painting, sculpture and architecture and an understanding of the historical, social and political contexts in which they were produced. Learning how to explore and respond to the significance of art works, gaining an understanding of methods of investigation and research, analysing specific works and how they have been, and are, interpreted are important elements in the course.

Opportunities are provided for students to pursue their own interests in particular artists, for example women artists of the C20th, as well as for engaging with art historical issues and critical debates. First-hand experience of works of art is actively encouraged to the nearby London galleries including Tate Britain, Tate Modern, National Gallery, Royal Academy and Courtauld Institute, and visits abroad have recently been made to Paris, Florence and Rome.

The department also runs the nationwide Articulation Prize and every year a student from the Sixth Form represents the school at this public speaking competition, talking about their personal response to a work of art of their choice.

The Year 7 History of Art ‘Civilisation’ course involves looking at, discussing and interpreting works with guided visits to the National Gallery, Tate Britain and Dulwich Picture Gallery, with whom we have strong links. The department organises the JAGS Annual History of Art lecture for students, staff, parents and friends which is held at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The subjects of these lectures are connected to current or forthcoming exhibitions in London and the one for 2016 was given by the curator of ‘Botticelli Reimagined’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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