As part of a GCSE portrait project I asked students to research the life and work of David Bailey and recreate an image in his photographic style. Here are some of the results. Continue reading Homage to David Bailey
On June 28th RIC had their annual summer festival with captivating performances by the lower school drama students interpreting ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and a hilarious 6th form version of John Buchan’s ‘The 39 Steps’. There were various musical performances by students and well known musician Henry Dagg playing some very curious instruments. Another highlight was the incredible talent on view in the Underhill theatre … Continue reading RIC Summer Festival 2018
The College’s annual Summer Festival on Wednesday 28 June kicks off our 2017 exhibition displaying this year’s GCSE and A level work from students in Fine Art, Textiles, Graphic Design, Photography and 3D Design. A record number of students have taken art & design subjects this year and the standard remains as high as ever. The exhibition will be up all over the summer and … Continue reading GCSE & A level Summer Exhibition 2017
Now more than ever photographic manipulation is made easier and more accessible to all, from sophisticated computer programmes such as Photoshop, to Apps on smartphones. However there is still a great deal to learn and a lot to understand in order to ‘get it right’. To produce an image which can amaze, entertain, amuse or bemuse takes preparation and time, and an understanding not just … Continue reading ‘It’s like being a magician’ – GCSE Photography
During the first term, GCSE Photography students are taken back to the beginnings of photography and are set the challenge of creating images without the use of a camera. Not just without digital cameras, but no cameras at all. To begin with, students were guided around the workings of the darkroom. How light-sensitive paper works, how it reacts to light, objects and liquids. How the … Continue reading Cameraless Photography by GCSE Photography students
Summer’s here! The annual RIC Summer Festival takes place tomorrow and a vibrant part of it is the Summer Exhibition featuring work from Visual Arts students: Fine Art, Graphics, Photography, Textiles, and Art & Design. Here is a collection of work from GCSE and A-level Photography students. Work from the other departments to follow… Enjoy! Continue reading Photography department end of year show
What is the one thing you need most in order to take photographs? A camera? Incorrect! For the first half of this term, seven weeks in all, both GCSE and AS students have been creating images entirely without the use of a camera. Sophisticated and expensive digital equipment has been rejected in favour of old cardboard boxes and black duct tape. Card, curtains, and light-sensitive … Continue reading No cameras please!
The new academic year is nearly upon us and we’re all ready to start again! We have two new members of staff joining us this year, Joe Becci – ex RIC student and Illustration graduate and Peter Quirke – Graphic Design. Welcome to our fabulous Art Department. I am also back from maternity leave and raring to go! Welcome back all staff and students and … Continue reading Ready for September 2015!
The Rochester Independent College Summer Festival takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 24th June, and a major attraction is the annual Visual Arts Department Exhibition featuring work from Fine Art, Photography, Graphics, and Textiles students at both GCSE and A-level. It has been a good year once again, this time with a greater number of students studying Visual Arts subjects. I hope you agree that the standard … Continue reading End of Year Show 2015 – Photography GCSE and A-Level
Robert Capa, one of the best press photographers ever, once said “If your photos aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough”. He wasn’t telling us to use our zoom lenses more, but to physically place ourselves in the thick of the action. That is exactly what RIC A-level and GCSE Photography students did over the days when Rochester became big news. The Rochester and Strood … Continue reading RIC Photography students: In the thick of the action