History of Art

The aim of our History of Art department is for pupils to develop strong visual language and analytical skills, as well as a broad understanding of world civilisations and their artistic output.

As we explore Art of many kinds within its context, our hope of course is that the girls appreciation and love of Art will grow.

Inside the classroom
Extension and Support
Beyond the classroom 

History of Art at St George’s is offered at A Level to Sixth Form pupils. They study the political, religious, historical, social and cultural contexts underpinning certain themes and periods where painting, sculpture and architecture have been created. Girls develop critical skills so that they can unravel embedded layers of meaning within art and architecture.

Pupils also study a selection of topics in greater detail, including the themes of ‘Identities’ and ‘Nature’, as well as focused period studies on the Renaissance in Italy (1420-1520), the British and French AvantGarde (1848-99), and British and American contemporary art and architecture (1960- 2015). The course covers a diverse range of artists and architects from across the centuries and from around the globe.

When studying History of Art at A Level, girls gain breadth of experience and valuable transferable skills which can help prepare them for life beyond St George’s. Throughout the course, girls are expected to engage in a range of activities designed to develop their skills in analytical literacy, problem solving, team building and independent investigation. Personal presentations and classroom debates are regular features in the classroom and further develop pupils' confidence and public-speaking skills.

Our Head of Department is passionate about facilitating independent personal investigation and providing focused writing support. Our small class sizes enable us to give each of our girls the individual support they need to reach their full potential. Subject clinics are offered each week to provide pupils with extra specialist support beyond their time-tabled lessons.

As part of our extensive co-curricular offering, girls are given the opportunity to attend subject-specific trips both locally and internationally throughout the year.