We have a traditional darkroom on both sites, as well as professional etching presses. At Upper School we have a photography studio, assorted specialist equipment and a dedicated Sixth Form study area. Printmaking and Photography are very close to the department’s heart, so we are excited to be introducing photo lithography and photo screen printing in the near future. This will enrich student experience and their interview portfolios.
We showcase our GCSE and A Level work in ‘TALENT’, our end of year show. With generous sponsorship from local companies we curate a very impressive and professional exhibition across three rooms, featuring work of varied scales and media. We also release our TALENT box set of prints for purchase – these are very popular and include stunning prints of A Level Art and Photography work ready to frame.
Core Art & Design – Year 7 through to Year 9
When our new pupils arrive in Year 7, they often haven’t done much artwork due to regular tests and exams at their Primary School. Our first aim, therefore, is to help them fall in love with Art again! They enjoy one hour of Art per week, and begin with a Foundation Course to sharpen skills, that may be a little rusty, and learn new ones as their confidence grows. We investigate mark-making by designing a fantasy dinosaur, colour theory using Hundertwasser’s exciting landscapes, observational drawing, paint mixing, contextual studies and annotation. We then apply these new skills in completing challenging projects when they are fully equipped and primed to succeed.
Through KS3 we deliver diverse projects such as Perspective, Portraiture, Land Art, Cubist Still Life, Expressionist Print and others. We adapt our projects to challenge the groups we teach and don’t stick rigidly to written plans or calendar dates – we creative types need the freedom to explore ideas and try new processes.
Art Enrichment – Year 8 & Year 9
This course is perfect for enthusiastic pupils who want more Art in their timetable - it gives an additional 2 hours of Art per week, so we can do lots of exciting activities we can’t fit into normal lesson time.
Over the two years, students embark on various projects exploring drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printing and photography. They get access to the darkroom and professional etching press due to the extra time we have to train them in these specialist areas, and this helps their work become more diverse, experimental and mature. We build their confidence with a variety of materials and introduce large scale work, ceramic glazing, murals, photograms, drypoint printing, Art History and many other exciting activities.
Art Enrichment prepares students for our GCSE and A Level courses and gives them the chance to really express themselves, their interests and ideas. This is a unique opportunity not to be missed!
Early GCSE Sculpture
This is an exciting course where students learn how to develop their creative ideas using a range of sculptural materials including clay, plaster, wire, wood, card and even found objects. It really is a hands-on course and students get very involved with the materials when creating their 3D pieces. The many weird and wonderful 3D creations posted on Instagram are based on natural forms, architecture, seed pods and statues.
For coursework, students produce a ‘portfolio’ unit made up of a series of exciting workshops, showing a broad base of experiences in Art and Design, including drawing, painting, ceramic glazing, sculpture and digital photography. Students then complete an exam where they’re given a number of starting points - they choose their favourite to base their project on! Once they’ve decided on the theme and done some research, they develop their personal response and showcase the many skills and ideas on the way to a fabulous final outcome... it’s a real achievement!
You must take GCSE Art & Design or GCSE Sculpture to study A Level Art
It is also highly recommended for A Level Photography