You will discover that the Art department is an exciting and dynamic centre of creativity. Housed in two studios, we provide a stimulating environment which also showcases our students’ outstanding and impressive artwork. Throughout the School, changing art displays enhance and add colour to our daily lives.
The department is staffed by three teachers and supported by a technician, all of whom are enthusiastically committed to the Arts. You will be able to study a wide range of media and techniques, including painting, printing, ceramics, sculpture and stained glass. We also have strong links with professional artists who provide valuable workshops.
Our aim is to develop your understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts. We focus on developing the confidence of every pupil to enable you to achieve your full potential.
Pupils in the Lower School study a wide range of themes and media, with links to artists from different periods and cultures. At the centre of our teaching is the importance of drawing as a means of recording, and also self-expression. There is a very popular Art Club after school, where pupils can develop their own ideas and interests; we also have strong links with Drama, Music and House Competitions.
The AQA Fine Art GCSE course is popular and a wonderful opportunity to do something you really enjoy. During the course you will be amazed at your progress. Students studying this subject will need to be motivated, committed and enthusiastic. An interest in Art History and Contemporary Art is very important. Strong observational drawing is essential and students are expected to gather background research independently for their practical work. During the course we enjoy workshops run by visiting artists, and also visit the BP Portrait Awards in London each year.
“I enjoy it when we make pieces, because it is really fun… it helps people to boost confidence.” (Year 9)
“I love art, ...it gives me a chance to express myself, even if it is a structured curriculum…….and the facilities on offer to us are fantastic.” (Year 9)
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