'Go and make interesting mistakes. Make amazing mistakes. Make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Make the world more interesting for you being here.'
Working in a thriving, inspirational environment, students are encouraged to engage fully with the state-of-the-art facilities. Specialist teachers encourage adventurous creativity. Students consider their place in the world and communicate their personal response and realise ambitious outcomes.
The department specialises in Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Graphic Communication and Photography and everyone has the opportunity to study within a supportive environment to produce individual artwork of the highest calibre. All of the specialist studios are well-equipped for the development of students' ambitions, ranging from ceramics, etching, digital photography and photographic screen-printing, large scale canvas work and installation pieces.
Extra-curricular activities often take place after the school day and include life drawing, photography and an art and culture group in collaboration with the RS department.
The students' learning experience is further enhanced by visits to museums and exhibitions. Popular choices include The Tate Modern and Tate Britain, The Saatchi Gallery, Royal Academy, National Portrait Gallery, and the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums.
All students study art in Years 7 to 9, completing thematic projects making links to Art History, Artistic Genres, Contemporary Practices, Culture and the Creative Industries.
Projects include the following:
- Surrealist Ceramic Construction and Design
- Colour Theory and Composition
- Water-based Media Painting
- Basant Festival Kite Making
- South American Totem Poles
- Japanese Manga Comic Strips
- 'Aesop’s Fables' Illustration
- Day of the Dead Printmaking
- Photography, using a DSLR Camera
- Digital Editing Techniques
- Critical Analysis
- Graphic Design
In Years 10 and 11 students can choose to study either Fine Art or Photography following the AQA syllabus:
Students build upon their Key Stage 3 learning, being provided with opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding through teacher-led workshops and individually selected projects. Students are taught technical skills and encouraged and supported to realise their potential through their own creative endeavours. Students develop their ability to manage their time carefully to produce high quality work within deadlines. Students are also offered the opportunity to enhance their learning through a series of trips to selected exhibitions and taking part in the yearly residential, visiting Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam or New York.
- Term 1: Foundation Skills - Drawing, Printmaking, Painting and Sculpture
- Term 2: Artist Study Project
- Term 3: Developing Ideas through a Sketchbook
- Term 1: Thematic Project leading up to Mock Exam
- Term 2: Externally-set Task
- Term 3: Final Exam
At A-Level students can choose to study Art, Craft and Design, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, 3D Design and Photography, all under the AQA Art & Design 7201-7206 specification. A-Level students are provided with opportunities to develop their own creativity within their chosen discipline.
Students broaden their skills and technical ability through guided workshops including oil painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital photography and film making. Their understanding is enhanced through a series of art history lectures and presentations.
Students develop their own intentions through a personal project which includes a portfolio of investigation, a 3,000-word essay and a series of final outcomes.
Students are also offered the opportunity to enhance their learning through a series of trips to selected exhibitions and taking part in the yearly residential, visiting Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam or New York.
Mrs Deborah Taylor (DAT): Head of Art & Design Department
Miss Caroline Green (CCG): Teacher of Art & Design
Mrs Sally Lock (SJL): Teacher of Art & Photography
Mrs Jane Kennedy (JEK): Art Technician