Art and Design
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 student to enable you to achieve your full potential.
The OCR Fine Art A Level is an exciting course and follows on naturally from GCSE. You will have the freedom to experiment in a wide range of media and each student is encouraged to develop her own personal style. The department’s strong emphasis on drawing enables students to develop lively and imaginative artwork. There is a figure-drawing class each week and experimental workshops each term. First-hand experience of works of art is essential and a valuable part of the course is visits to Art Galleries and Exhibitions. At the end of the course, students hold an exhibition in readiness for the visiting examiner, and parents and friends are invited to view the impressive results. This final show will be the culmination of all your hard work, but we hope it will also be the result of much enjoyment and pride. It could also be just the beginning! If you are creative and have an artistic or designer’s mind, then there are many enjoyable courses open to you.
Our success in these courses is reflected in our excellent examination results. Most of our students go on to study Art at university whilst others study Art History or Architecture.
“Art allows me to take a break from the stress of A levels and I am constantly encouraged to develop as an artist. It couldn’t be better.” (Year 13)