Tonight I went to my nephew's school, to see the art and graphics GCSE and A / AS Level work on display. AWESOME is the only word I can use to describe the talent that our schools are nurturing. Considering the funds are so limited for these children (which means they are not using the best brushes, materials or products) the work on display is astounding and of a really high standard.
This time of year, most schools, colleges and unis are having their end of year shows. Go check out the talent this country is producing! These young people are the future of creativity, and creativity is what makes the human race progress.
The other thing that hit me tonight, was how the exam boards are reducing the way students can express their creativity.... in other words, exam boards are setting "briefs" for the students to work to in the graphics exam. Now, I think there is an argument for and against this, but if exam boards themselves are not accepting creative exploration of a "brief", then the whole concept of a creative exam is redundant!
Another thing that hit me was this... there were very few final pieces that were computer generated in the Art GCSE or A / AS Level display. Isn't it about time these exams welcomed the skill and knowledge that is now available through using software? Watching how fellow illustrators can create characters, scenery, animation etc using programmes makes me think we are perhaps being very snobby regarding the arts and are likely to squash rather than celebrate the future creativity in our children.