Art students from ACS Egham International School in London Road displayed their best work to friends and family at the annual International Baccalaureate (IB) art exhibition last week.

The exhibiting students, aged 17 to 18, have spent two years building their portfolios which reflect their individual creative talents and passions.

As part of the IB Visual Art course they completed open-ended assignments, designed to reflect topics that aroused their curiosity.

The final exhibition last Wednesday provided students with an opportunity to showcase their best work for family and friends. Student Alessio Branda produced a portfolio inspired by a large storm that hit southern Italy in 2017.

He said: “My work is based on a recent storm and seeks to represent the idea of being strong during difficult times, something which resonates with lots of people.

"In a society where people find it increasingly difficult to express themselves, art allows us to voice our real self without any pressure or rules.”

Linnea Emanuelson’s piece challenged societal values of consumerism in the modern era, creating caricature-like images of world leaders.

She said: “Art is all about communicating your personality. It provides you with a means to understand and explore the essential aspects of who you are and what you stand for, which is what I love most about it.”

The art exhibition was part of the students’ final exam, as photos of their pieces and workbook pages were submitted to moderators of the IB for assessment.

Andrew Vaughan, Head of Visual Arts at ACS Egham, said:
“I am incredibly proud of the students and the progression they have made over their IB Visual Arts course. Each student exhibited a range of pieces from their portfolios showing a variety of ideas, approaches and techniques, including life-drawing and large scale acrylic canvas paintings.”