History of Art

The History of art mirrors the history of humankind, and with a wide-ranging curriculum, Sixth Form students focus on major art movements from the 5th century BC to the present day.

History of Art Teacher: Ms Diane Slocombe

History of Art is an academic subject, which, while focusing on the analysis of painting, sculpture and architecture, incorporates many other subject disciplines including history, classical civilization, literature, religion, and philosophy and ethics. The study of the history of art develops skills of research, analysis, debate and written argument.

The Cambridge Pre-U syllabus offers detailed study of Ancient Greek art and architecture, the Italian Renaissance, and the 20th century in the Lower Sixth complements the development of visual analysis skills. Whilst in the Upper Sixth, study focuses on wide-ranging aspects of the representation of the nude, including the classical, non-western, and contemporary nudes, as well as the use of the nude in religious art, feminist art and photography.

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Pupils also research and write an independent dissertation on a topic of their own choice, which allows them to pursue their own interests and prepare for independent study at university.

History of Art is a very popular subject beyond Downe House, with many of the pupils going on to study the subject at university.

Full details of the curriculum are available in the Sixth Form options publications. Further information about the teaching and learning of Art History may be obtained by contacting Ms Diane Slocombe; Email: slocombed@downehouse.net

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