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An Evening of Music and Drama, Followed by Carols

December 15, 2017
Olivia Vesty
Students from all years came together to put on a fabulous performance of music and drama pieces. There were some…

Students from all years came together to put on a fabulous performance of music and drama pieces.

There were some very mature deliveries of scenes from plays such as Three Sisters, and The Seagull by Chekhov. Our budding pianists blew us away with Bach and Schumann, and we were serenaded by some remarkable vocals with classical and pop pieces, as well as students’ own compositions. The standard of talent was very high, and all the participants should be congratulated.

The evening ended with candlelit Christmas carols in the courtyard, accompanied by a brass band, and plenty of mince pies.

Berlin Trip

November 22, 2017
Olivia Vesty
Our A Level Art and History students enjoyed a four day trip to Berlin, taking full advantage of the city’s…

Our A Level Art and History students enjoyed a four day trip to Berlin, taking full advantage of the city’s incredible museums and landmarks.

Berlin is a city rich in history and brimming with historical sites. In the last hundred years it has been the centre of the Prussian Kingdom, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the Cold War and German re-unification.

This history is visible in the art, the architecture and the cultural personality of the city and makes it a very stimulating destination for artists and historians.

This trip offered our students invaluable knowledge and experience which they will use to build up their coursework and portfolios.

 

 

Charity Football Match

November 20, 2017
Olivia Vesty
Fine Arts College played a charity football match against Kent Refugee Action Network at midday on Saturday 18th November 2017.…

Fine Arts College played a charity football match against Kent Refugee Action Network at midday on Saturday 18th November 2017.

Congratulations to KRAN on a 3:1 win! Everybody played well and we all thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Kent Refugee Action Network is an independent charity that provides help and support to asylum seekers and refugees, including minors who have arrived in the United Kingdom unaccompanied by an adult. Their mission is to relieve the need and hardship of refugees, asylum seekers and their dependants and ethnic minorities, principally in Kent, particularly by the provision of advice, information, education and support; and to advance public education about the position of refugees and ethnic minorities.

We are delighted to report that we exceeded our target of £750 and a total of £930 was raised for the cause from supporters via a Just Giving page.

The Sorriest Things

October 20, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Our new exhibition, The Sorriest Things, is showing work in a variety of media around an idea taken from the…

Our new exhibition, The Sorriest Things, is showing work in a variety of media around an idea taken from the poet and novelist Thomas Hardy. He wrote in his notebook in 1885: ‘The business of the poet is to show the sorriness underlying the grandest things and the grandeur underlying the sorriest things.’

Artists in the show are displaying work that shows their observation of the overlooked, examples of beauty in apparently insignificant objects or moments. Tutors Mike Burles, Candida Cave, Suzanne Holtom, Chris Kenny, Dominik Klimowski, and Karen Staples are exhibiting along with artists from outside the College: Dan Coombs, Hugh Hamshaw Thomas and Tullis Rennie. Tullis is showing audio ‘photographs’, soundscapes made from recordings of underground trains crisscrossing the Thames.

Most of the works are for sale with 25% of proceeds going to a young person’s charity. Viewing is by appointment; please call our main office. A catalogue is also available.

Ozwald Boeteng visits FAC

October 16, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Ozwald Boeteng, resplendent in one of his own peacock blue silk suits, with waistcoat and chisel-collared shirt, gave a talk…

Ozwald Boeteng, resplendent in one of his own peacock blue silk suits, with waistcoat and chisel-collared shirt, gave a talk to our Lower Sixth students on his career in menswear design. He described the light-bulb moment of realising tailoring was his vocation while he was teenager studying Computer Science and a girlfriend persuaded him to lend a hand with her college fashion show. Ozwald had already spent a couple of summer holidays working on a tailoring factory production line and had dabbled in sewing with his mother’s machine. He urged the students to find their own passion and then pursue it with a vengeance. ‘Everyone’s good at something’ he insisted, ‘You just need to find out what that is’.

FAC nominated for ISA Award for Excellence in the Fine Arts

September 25, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Fine Arts College has been nominated for this year’s ISA Award for Excellence in the Fine Arts. The winner will…

Fine Arts College has been nominated for this year’s ISA Award for Excellence in the Fine Arts. The winner will be announced at this year’s ISA Autumn Study Conference on November 10th.

George Selley nominated for Paris Photo award

September 21, 2017
Ed Woolcock
George Selley, Photography and Media Studies assistant as well as a member of the College’s alumni, has topped a year…

George Selley, Photography and Media Studies assistant as well as a member of the College’s alumni, has topped a year which has saw him nominated for three separate Photography awards with an invitation to exhibit at Paris Photo, the medium’s oldest and most prestigious exhibition. George is one of four young talents to be nominated for the Carte Blanche Award which celebrates the most exciting young talent across all of Europe. The winner will be announced on the 9th November (the exhibition’s opening night) at the Grand Palais, where George’s work will then be exhibited until the 12th November.

Mandy Saligari visits FAC

September 20, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Yesterday afternoon Mandy Saligari, founder and clinical director of Charter, a Harley Street clinic specialising in private addiction treatment, visited…

Yesterday afternoon Mandy Saligari, founder and clinical director of Charter, a Harley Street clinic specialising in private addiction treatment, visited the College to speak to Lower Sixth students. She gave a powerful talk about drugs and the risks of addiction and habitual use. She urged students to think very carefully about who they are and their own psychological make-up in case they allowed themselves to be drawn into a habitual use drug culture. She made the important point that our psychological vulnerabilities can lead to excessive interest in drugs or alcohol as compensation for insecurities. Young people should try to know themselves and their own needs before they face being persuaded, perhaps by a peer group, into a habitual use that could impact on work, relationships and well-being.

Following the talk Lower Sixth students said “The talk was empowering, honest and refreshing. Mandy made us think in a different way about our friends, family and ourselves. We really enjoyed listening to her story and advice”.

Our Upper Sixth students will shortly be hearing a similar talk from Mandy.

GCSE results day

August 29, 2017
Ed Woolcock
On Thursday Fine Arts College’s Year 11 students received their GCSE results. This year saw the staggered introduction of the…

On Thursday Fine Arts College’s Year 11 students received their GCSE results. This year saw the staggered introduction of the new 9-1 grading system. 76.3% of our students achieved either A*-C or 9-4 (4 being the equivalent of a C).

Pictured is Sofia Parra, one of FAC’s most successful students, who achieved two A*s, an A, a B, as well as two 7s and a 5 using the new grading system. Sofia will go on to study Biology, Philosophy, Fine Art and History of Art A levels at Fine Arts College.

Results Day!

August 18, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Fine Arts College enjoyed another year of outstanding results with students achieving the grades they required to earn their places at…

Fine Arts College enjoyed another year of outstanding results with students achieving the grades they required to earn their places at universities such as Edinburgh, Kings College London, The Courtauld, SOAS, Sussex and Leeds. Pictured is Head of History of Art Emmy Schwieters with Georgia Patten, who achieved an A* in History of Art, an A in English Literature and an A in Fine Art, as well as an A in her Extended Project Qualification – a fantastic study of the life and work of the Mexican artist and pioneering feminist and revolutionary, Frieda Kahlo.

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