Arts

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Art is a popular subject at Elizabeth College and there are plenty of opportunities for students to develop their artistic potential and exhibit their work. The summer exhibition is the highlight of the year for students working towards GCSE and A level examinations in Art and Photography. The work is always exciting and often thought-provoking with students working in a wide range of disciplines, from traditional approaches such as drawing, painting and print-making to new media such as installation, and video art.

Ph_gatehouse_1One exciting new initiative is the Gate House Gallery: a student, community and international artist exhibition space, located in the old Gate House of the College. Click this link to visit The Gatehouse’s official website. The Gatehouse has three main aims:

– To provide opportunities for students to show their work and gain recognition for their achievements;
– To broaden horizons by bringing artists, designers and craft workers to Elizabeth College to lead projects and show their work through an international artist in residence programme;
– To build links with community groups including art teachers and schools, the local arts community and the creative industries across the world.

Ph_gatehouse_5The Gatehouse has an exciting programme which features up-and-coming local artists as well as internationally recognised figures.

Everyone, regardless of ability, is encouraged to explore their creativity and enjoy making art, and Art Club is a weekly addition to the after-school activities programme with projects such as mask making and animation. Boys can also get involved with painting the sets for the school play or entering art competitions. Above all, we aim to foster a love of art and an appreciation of the central role it plays in the developing culture of our community.

The above represents a sample of the portraits exhibited in the Art Block as part of a Year 9 show last year.

To move directly to any portrait, click on the thumbnails at the bottom of the window. To check details of the portrait and its artist, click on the image itself.

If you would like to see the image in greater detail, follow the links to open it in higher resolution on Flickr (this site will open in a new tab).

The Upper School has a proud tradition of musical accomplishment. In addition to the taught programme, the Director of Music and Head of Strings arrange individual lessons and, with the help of talented staff members, supervise choirs, orchestras and two wind bands.

An audio package of last year’s choir trip to St Malo, compiled by BBC Guernsey’s Kay Langlois.

Drama at Elizabeth College continues to grow from strength to strength and remains a hugely popular activity. A number of productions are staged on an annual basis and have ranged from the classic ‘Journey’s End’, ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Importance of being Earnest’, through to the hugely entertaining family favourites ‘Oliver’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The College’s 450th anniversary was celebrated with a double performance of the much loved Elizabethan era ‘Blackadder’.

All students at College are given the opportunity to audition and if the acting side doesn’t appeal, helping with the technical aspects of a show can be equally rewarding. Meanwhile, for those interested in artistic design, drama also enables skills in programme and ticket design to be realised.

Drama at College enables boys from different year groups to mix in an informal atmosphere and develop friendships that might not otherwise have materialised. For the older students, it is an opportunity to lead and inspire their younger peers and show the skills of negotiation and independence that College strives to instil. Furthermore, some productions enable the College to link with Ladies’ College or Blanchelande, which once again encourages wider friendships to be developed, many of which continue to blossom post-production.

Cast and crew alike gain a tremendous amount from participating in drama and each and every production is a test of our pupils’ artistic ability and their desire to be part of a dynamic and exciting part of College life.

Recent College productions included a very popular version of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, see  review and a modern interpretation of Henry V directed by Maz Campbell.

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