How do you become an artist? Exhibition reveals the journey

Thirteen students from King’s College, Madrid are exhibiting the art pieces that have given them the opportunity to study in some of the world’s most prestigious art schools and universities.

How do you become an artist? Exhibition reveals the journey
Students from King’s College, Madrid are exhibiting artwork, drafts and sketchbooks from pieces created for their A Level examinations at an exhibition in Madrid.The exhibition, entitled “¿Qué se estudia para ser artista?” – “What do you study to become an artist?” – is taking place at the Adolfo Suárez Cultural Centre in Tres Cantos, Madrid from 15–26 September. The display, organised by the Tres Cantos Council and King’s College, The British School of Madrid, will give an overview of the learning and creative processes carried out by the art students at the school.Students studying Art at A Level must complete a final piece and include a portfolio of supporting work that reflects their hours of research and the development of their ideas and techniques. The exhibition aims to showcase this artistic journey to the public as, in addition to exhibiting the pieces that the students presented for their A Level exams, the exhibition includes the sketchbooks and drafts through which the young artists formulated and perfected their works.This year, the pieces created by King’s College graduates have given them access to prestigious institutions such as the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, and the University of California, Berkeley, among others.The exhibition includes:

Final A Level artwork pieces

During their last year in school, Art students from King’s College have to produce an artwork based on a personal topic that interests them, as well as create another piece with a completely different theme.

Art sketchbooks

In their sketchbooks, pupils must demonstrate a journey of discovery. This is done by annotating their sketches, which gives their final work both a visual and verbal outline.

Contextual exercise analysing the work of other artists

In a 3,000-word study, students analyse the work of other artists and designers, finding relevant connections with their own work. In this module, pupils contemplate elements like Art History, composition, style, influences and artistic relations. 
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All King’s College pupils study Art and Design until 14 years of age. They then have to decide whether to study it at IGCSE and ultimately if it will become one of their A Level subjects. Many King’s College graduates decide to carry on with their artistic studies, and choose university degrees such as Fine Arts, Design or Architecture. Other’s choose degrees in other fields but the international recognition of A Levels enable them to study at any university in the world. “Even if students don’t continue onto an Art degree, they take away with them the ability to think about and approach the world in a different way. Studying Art encourages students to be creative and imaginative, to question, to challenge, to make connections and combine ideas”, said Ian Robertson, head of the Art Department at King’s College Madrid.The exhibition is open in the Sala Van Drell of the Adolfo Suárez Cultural Centre (in the Tres Cantos Town Hall) from 15–26 September.
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