History of Art

 

History of Art is available at A Level, and follows the Pre-U course.

Pupils learn about human history and the artistic expression of civilisations through the study of painting, sculpture and architecture. They look at Western and non-Western art, Rome, the High Renaissance, the Baroque, and Modern art, and also complete a 3000-word personal investigation on a topic of their choice. Object-based education is an essential element of the course, so Sixth Form art historians travel to exhibitions and museums regularly, as well as abroad to both Paris and Rome to study works in situ.

Beyond the classroom:

The Minerva Society organises trips and talks as an integral part of the A Level course, as well as to extend the pupils’ appreciation of art more broadly. Recent speakers have included Harry Mount, Head of History of Art at Oxford University, and Alex Fielding, Director of The Bigger Picture. The senior girls also run a Junior Minerva Society for the younger girls in order to give them some experience of the subject prior to A Level.

As well as the two overseas residential trips to Paris and Rome, the Society takes regular trips to London museums and galleries. Last year we also enjoyed a private candle-lit tour of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.