Lower School Arts Week

From Monday 19 – Friday 23 June 2017 Lower School students in years 7-9 will be taking part in our first official Arts Week. We will be kicking off with a trip to the Design Museum in London where students will be taking part in the Designer Maker User workshop which is the companion to the Design Museum’s permanent gallery. Using refreshed handling collections of … Continue reading Lower School Arts Week

Ready for your closeup? – Portraiture photography at RIC

One of the elements of the photography course which manages to incorporate a number of disciplines, from studio lighting to understanding flattering angles, is portraiture. Arguably one of the most popular uses for photography upon its invention was its ability to capture the human likeness. Students study all forms of portraiture, from experimental depictions of the human face to journalism, identity, and of course the … Continue reading Ready for your closeup? – Portraiture photography at RIC

RIC student selected for Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Rochester Independent College’s Alfie Rutter has been selected for this year’s Royal Academy A-level Online Summer Exhibition out of over 2,400 entries. Although only a GCSE student, Alfie was old enough to be allowed to enter, and has made it to 49 selected works available to view on the Royal Academy’s very own website. Have a look by following the link, and be sure to … Continue reading RIC student selected for Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

A Level Graphics Trip to The Design Museum London

Graphics students in years 12 and 13 went to the new Design Museum in Kensington in February to see the museum’s permanent collection ‘Designer Maker User’ which tells the story of contemporary design through these three interconnected roles. We also visited the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition which displayed some wildly fascinating and extremely innovative designs in furniture, fashion, graphic and product design. https://designmuseum.org/Continue reading A Level Graphics Trip to The Design Museum London

GCSE Photography – Capturing Motion

One theme in particular the Photography students enjoy every year is ‘capturing motion’. It is an exercise designed to introduce and master the more technical workings of the camera, in particular shutter speed. The knowledge required can at first seem complex, but through experimentation and trial and error, students discover exactly how they can show movement, from blurred ‘traces’ of motion to ‘freezing time’ and … Continue reading GCSE Photography – Capturing Motion

A-level Photography students visit Tate Modern

The A-level Photography students visited Tate Modern on a crisp and sunny day, making the most of the walk from the National Gallery by taking photographs of some of London’s iconic buildings, as well the vibrant and bustling South Bank. The Tate Modern has a new extension, Switch House, next to the iconic main building and so there is now twice as much artwork to … Continue reading A-level Photography students visit Tate Modern

Cameraless Photography by GCSE Photography students

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

Rut Blees Luxemburg talking to RIC Photography students at the Museum of London

London Calling – RIC students meet photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg

The second-year A Level Photography students paid a fleeting afternoon visit to London to see Rut Blees Luxemburg’s exhibition ‘London Dust’ at the Museum of London. Not only that, but the photographer herself met us there to speak about her work. The students are now more than half-way through their personal projects, so to meet and listen to a professional talk about her practice, methods, and … Continue reading London Calling – RIC students meet photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg

End of the line

Changes are coming to Rochester with the imminent opening of the shiny new train station a few hundred metres  from the current one. Those commuting to and from the current station have had their day brightened up for many years by the large paintings by former RIC students which graced the walls along the passageway between platforms. The current station kindly gave permission to RIC Photography students … Continue reading End of the line