Courses - English with Art

Our English with Art courses run every summer from mid-July to the end of August. The mornings are spent in language classes which have a art focus. Afternoons are spent working on an ongoing weekly project which has a theme such as portrait, landscape, natural history or fashion. Weekly half-day and full-day excursions can be linked to the project, including visits to a fantastic selection of local art galleries and museums as well as London's British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery to name just a few.

Portraiture:

Students will visit The National Portrait Gallery in London which holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. They will make several firsthand studies of portraits with the assistance of their art teacher. They will be able to see a range of portraits from kings and queens of the sixteenth century, to contemporary icons such as pop start Ed Sheeran and football hero David Beckham. Back to school, they will be taught how to produce a self-portrait. They will then develop their sketches into a painting for themselves.

Natural History:

Student swill visit the local Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex Park which has an extraordinary natural history collection. Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) was a Bristish Explorer and led numerous expiditions to Asia and Africa. He brought animals and cultural items back to England and was a pioneer in texidermy.

Students will produce firsthand sketches of the animals with the assistance of their teacher. Back at the school they will develop their skteches either into a painting, sculpture or relief of an animal of their choice.

Landscape:

Students will be taken out in Kent to explore the local area, countryside and beaches. They will produce sketches of a landscape and developp their sketches into a painting back at the school.

Fashion:

Pupils will visit the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. They will make sketches form the world famous fashion collection. They will produce a piece for artwork in response to their visit.

Iconic Paintings:

Students will visit The National Gallery in London which has one of the greatedt collections of paintings in the world. Here they will have the opportunity to see famous masterpieces such as Van Gogh's Sunflowers, Sandro Botticelli's Venus and Mars and Monet's The Waterlily Pond. With Assistance from their art teacher, they will make firsthand sketches of various paintings of their choice. Back at the school they will develop one of their sketches into a painting. However, they will give their painting a modern or contemporary twist.