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The Art and Design Technology summer exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity to display the quality work our creative GCSE and A Level students have produced throughout the year. The talent, enthusiasm and meticulous levels of detail contained within each student’s portfolio serves as inspiration for all Blue Coat Art and Design Technology students, in particular our younger Key Stage 3 who may have aspirations to pursue Art or Design Technology GCSE.

Once again A Level students produced a wonderful show, featuring a wide range of approaches both technical and conceptual in Art.

Oscar Hou produced an installation informed by exploration of his own identity and a reflection of contemporary life as a teenager. Featuring video, photography, drawings and paintings, Oscar’s work was an exceptional submission and attracted plenty of attention during this year’s exhibition. We are delighted that Oscar will be pursuing his passion for Art at one of America’s prestigious Ivy League institutions later this year.

In a similar vein, Kate Morrison explored the theme of youth through her varied work, with her video singled out for praise by the external moderators and by visitors to the exhibition.

Speaking during the event, Year 12 Art student Helena remarked “I’m delighted to have pieces from my portfolio displayed for family and friends.” For fellow Year 12 artist Ellen, “I was slightly apprehensive about displaying my work but have a quiet pride in having it exhibited.”

Within Design Technology Year 13 student Claudia Torto produced a collection of outstanding works in textiles, showcasing her skill and talent within this material specialism. Claudia, who has aspirations to work within the fashion industry, produced one of the stand out pieces of the exhibition with her concept of a wedding dress, which could be converted from daytime to evening wear.

This year’s summer exhibition contained a magnificent collection of work, demonstrating the talent and ambition of our young artists and designers. The breadth of work on display and the complexity of the ideas being explored is something they, and the School, can be extremely proud of.

Well done and good luck to all students as they await their GCSE and A Level results!

Mr Ainsworth – Head of Art and Design Technology and Mr Cain Key Stage 4 Progress and Achievement

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