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Art & Drama

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire" (William Butler Yeats)

Art and Drama are intrinsic parts of The British School of Barcelona education. They do not only stimulate creativity but also provide an outlet for emotions and thoughts that few other subjects can offer.

 

Art

Just take a walk around the school and you can’t help but notice the importance of art in the life of The British School of Barcelona. The walls of many of the public spaces are adorned with pieces from many of our past and present students.

Pupils are actively encouraged in their studies through a strong program of exhibiting work. This year in particular we will be hosting our first public Art Exhibition, showcasing only a small selection of the stunning work produced by our GCSE and A Level students.

Throughout Key Stage 3 we make sure all students are taught the skills and processes to take the subject at higher levels while encouraging students to develop their own pieces and ultimately have ownership of the art they create. This ethos continues through to (I)GCSE and A Level where students actively research and design their own personal Art projects and are actively encouraged in their studies through a strong program of exhibiting work. This has several bonuses, firstly there’s no ´house style´ for the department and secondly the work covers an incredibly wide range of contemporary themes and genres personally important to each student.

We are intensely proud of the work our pupils produce here and we are sure you will understand why when you take a tour around the school and the online gallery.

 

Drama

Drama also plays a key part in school life through every year group. It allows students to develop their English, increase confidence, improve peer relationships and become more confident speaking in public – a key skill in our world today. Our students are encouraged to experiment with new ideas and different ways of moving and speaking; to discuss playwright styles and dramatic techniques through practitioners like Brecht and Stanislavski; to make original directorial decisions and defend their choices. Led by our specialist teachers, Drama lessons help our students develop their independence and identity both within the classroom and beyond.

Every year our students work towards and participate in our school productions, whether taking the spotlight or behind the scenes, in sound, lighting, costumes, make-up, scenery-construction or stage-management. Their repertoire covers everything from classics and musicals to the latest contemporary plays.

 

The BSB Theatre

We are fortunate to have a 700 m2 fully equipped venue with 376 seats. This purpose designed theatre gives students many opportunities for performance, from the regular Drama lessons to the more formal whole school productions, including regular concerts, recitals and performances.