Art Club

THE ART DEPARTMENT

Creativity is not the sole domain of the arts at King Edward VII School the Art Department has the privilege of dealing with an emphasis on the creative development of new ideas and to look afresh at what we normally take for granted. One has to keep in mind that originality also involves reflecting on the ideas of the artists.

The visual arts are art forms which are primarily visual in nature, such as ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, print making,design, crafts and often modern visual arts (photography, film-making & video) and architecture. We try to prepare our learners for a creative, idea-based career in advertising, film-making, architecture, crafts, design, fashion & video-making to name a few.

Creativity is the key to making sense of all knowledge and the vast amount of information that is part of our lives today, and imagination is the foundation for this creativity. Technique forms an important grounding for this expression: “Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration.” Rudolf Nureyev

The study of Art at King Edward VII School is divided into Arts & Culture in Grades 8 & 9 and Visual Arts studied in Grades 10,11 and 12. The emphasis in Art & Culture is on the Arts such as Dance, Drama, Fine Art & Music. From Grade 10-12 the students are encouraged in the Visual Arts and the learners discover the nature and expressive potential of art practical. For all grades the study of a range of artists’ work forms a foundation & widens the students’ experience of what creativity entails and offers choices of implemtation.

The Visual Arts and Art & Culture Departments have a long and varied history at King Edward VII School. Art Students who attended King Edward VII School include some well known artists such as William Kentridge, Brian Stonehobel ( an industrial designer working on F1 Racing cars), Gregory Kerr, Professor Younge ( Head of Michaelis School of Art in Cape Town). There are more to include in this list of dynamic people in the contemporary Art world such as David Andrew, David Paton & Ulrich Louw who have made successful careers based on Art.

Every year an Annual Art Expo is held at King Edward VII School that reflects and displays the many talented students and their masterpieces of art works.


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