Art

Art and Design plays an important part in the creative life of all pupils at MCM. We aim to develop an appreciation of Art for life as both creators and consumers of art.

In the Preparatory School all pupils receive curriculum based art classes and are exposed to a very broad range of historical approaches and methods. The intention is to provide the best possible repertoire of skills for later years in a range of 2-D, 3-D and digital processes: pencil, graphite, pastel, acrylics, oil paints, multimedia, ceramics, printmaking and animation.

In the Senior School the focus is on developing pupils’ artistic, investigative, exploratory and creative skills.

In the Shell there is a project each half term which encourages pupils to broaden their understanding and knowledge of different artists and art movements in order to inspire and generate ideas. Pupils have the opportunity to experiment with different materials, media, techniques and processes throughout the year.

In Remove and Hundred, those studying Art at IGCSE follow the Edexcel course which is challenging but rewarding. It involves the development of practical artistic skills and abilities and the study of art and its various contexts. There is a focus on art and design practice and the integration of theory, knowledge and understanding to reach a personal, creative response. The course is taught as a series of projects, most lasting approximately half a term. We have around twenty pupils in both Remove and Hundred studying for the IGCSE qualification.

In the Sixth Form pupils follow the IB Visual Art course which is both exciting and challenging! This course develops from being teacher-directed to becoming a more independent course where pupils can follow their own ideas, themes and theories which will result in experimental and development pieces as well as a final series of artworks. They progress through exploration and experimentation using a variety of media.

In addition, all pupils will have work exhibited at some point during each year and all will contribute to the annual Charity Art Auction, a highlight in the MCM calendar. There is also the opportunity to opt for Art in the Senior School as a Friday afternoon or Tuesday after school activity. These options provide the opportunity for pupils to come together to work on large scale projects such as murals, installations and stage sets, or to work independently on personal art work, or try digital photography as an activity. Many pupils join the visits to museums and contemporary exhibitions in the region.