THE FREEDOM TO BE TRULY CREATIVE
The Creative Arts at Roedean are forward-thinking and innovative, and we are justly proud of the wonderful results achieved by our students. The girls' work is diverse, challenging, and, above all, truly creative.
Each year, the visiting A-level moderators are stunned by the quality of the work produced and by the range of media used, and last year alone five girls in 6.2 achieved 100% at A2 level. Whereas many schools limit their students' output by pushing them towards a single safe medium or style, the girls at Roedean are encouraged to follow their own interests and have the freedom to choose from a variety of specialisms.
The girls at Roedean are so innovative and creative at the top end of the school because they are encouraged to be bold and to experiment lower down. They produce a wide range of 2D and 3D pieces, which are unusual and engaging. Whether or not the girls eventually pursue pieces which are highly conceptual and dynamic, the department fosters an extremely high level of drawing ability, as this is a key foundation for all artistic media. Girls in the Sixth Form engage in constructed textiles, unusual paper-cutting, experimental photography and film, as well as high-quality painting, often drawing inspiration from contemporary artists, such as Yayoi Kusuma and Murikami.
All girls in Years 7-9 take Design Technology within the curriculum, making wooden and mechanical toys, and a variety of 2D laser-cutting pieces. The girls also have the opportunity to build skate-boards and electric guitars in co-curricular clubs.
GCSE Design in Resistant Materials is available, and it is taken by comparatively small numbers of talented students, focusing on metal, wood, and plastics.
Creative Arts after Roedean
Many girls pursue the artistic passions kindled at Roedean after they leave the school, winning coveted places on Art Foundation courses at institutions such as Central Saint Martin's and Kingston University, where they will experiment further with different techniques; in addition, good numbers win places directly onto art-related degree courses, recent examples being Fine Art at Goldsmith's, History of Art at the Courtauld Institute, Bespoke Tailoring at UAL, and Illustration at Leeds College of Art. Degrees in Architecture are also a very popular choice at Roedean.
We are also delighted that Roedeanians have pursued art as a career and been hugely successful. One notable example is Beatrix Ong MBE, who left Roedean to study at Central Saint Martin’s, and was later appointed Creative Director at Jimmy Choo at the age of 22, going on to launch her own fashion label in 2002. She is a wonderful talent, and we were delighted when she came back to Roedean in 2015 to talk to some of our students about their aspirations and to lead some workshops – the girls could not believe their luck!
Side images from top to bottom: Motorna Yevgeniya, Mia Pierson, Sherry Liu