Personal discovery, reflection and celebrating success is key. Emphasis is also put on the student exploring their own ideas and developing personal and informed outcomes. We see Art and Photography as both a creative and academic course.
Our teachers are all practising artists and have experience in a variety of fields, inspiring and encouraging the students to learn to express themselves through the use of traditional and new media. This helps with developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity.
Clubs and School Trips
The Department is a busy and inspiring place to work. There are a number of clubs offered including Year 7 and 8 Art Club and a Year 9 Art Club, a scholarship session and an evening Open Studio. The Open Studio and Saturday life drawing workshops encourage our GCSE and A Level students to work independently and to complete their coursework and exam prep. We regularly introduce other artists to give talks and to run workshops, enabling students to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, working creatively and intelligently. They reflect critically on their own and other people's work, judging quality, value and meaning.
The Art Department runs a number of trips to London galleries each year, including the National Portrait Gallery and the British Museum as well as the Tate. Over the years we have visited Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin, St Ives and Venice to name a few.
Every year we celebrate the achievements of our students with a number of girls and boys going off to Art Foundation courses and competitive Fine Art University degree courses. The A Level Art and Photography Summer exhibition is a highlight and show cases the exciting work created during the two years.
Studying Art at Key Stage Three
Studying Art at Key Stage Three gives the students a strong grounding in traditional skills and techniques. In Years 7, 8 and 9 emphasis is placed on the understanding of the Formal Elements in Art (line, tone, colour, pattern, texture, shape and form). Each year students are guided through an exciting course that covers topics such as Viewpoints and Perspective, Still Life and Composition, Identity, Landscapes and Structure. Students are introduced to a number of artists during each project. Each year students have the opportunity to work in a range of materials and will produce both 2D and 3D outcomes. Students enjoy learning about other cultures and using these themes and ideas as stimulus for their own work.
Studying Art at GCSE
Studying Art at GCSE is very rewarding. Students have the opportunity to pursue their own independent ideas and skills. We encourage them to develop their own interests by investigating both traditional and contemporary aspects of the visual arts. The Department places great emphasis on both traditional Fine Art skills but also supports a more experimental approach. Referencing the work of other artists is an important part of each student's practice. The GCSE and A Level courses cover the four Assessment Objectives which include critical studies, observation and recording, experimentation and development towards a final outcome.
In Year 10 the first project focuses on perspective, atmosphere, colour and composition. Greater emphasis is placed on the study of other artists' work and students will begin to use the 'Universal Themes' to guide their written work and understanding of Art. Key artists studied in this unit are Edward Hopper, Paul Win Stanley, Alberto Giacometti and Anselm Kiefer. Students will develop their painting skills and they will complete a personal response at the end of the project.
The final project in Year 10 is the Portrait Project. Students study and respond to the work of Maggi Hambling, Egon Schiele, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Jenny Saville and Frank Auerbach. The trip to the National Portrait Gallery in London provides a platform for students to begin to develop their own concept towards a final Portrait piece. They will explore a diverse range of styles and bring their own ideas to the project.
The Multicultural project is the third and final Coursework project at GCSE. The course encourages students to research a range of diverse cultures, drawing inspiration and making comparisons with their own environment. Students will go on a study trip to the British Museum in London to observe artefacts first hand. This will influence and inspire further research.