Head of Department: Mr G.N.Radbourne
The art curriculum encourages students to explore and experiment with their ideas and imagination in response to a variety of starting points at all levels. Integral to students making artwork is the development of awareness and understanding through looking at art and making informed judgements and opinions about what they see.
Key Stage 3 represents a foundation for examination courses. Pupils embrace a wide experience of art and design that will develop their handling skills in a variety of media and build knowledge and understanding through creative activity.
At the heart of all aspects of our curriculum, we therefore feel it imperative to encourage and develop the process of drawing as not only an artistic technique but also as a tool of communication and a mode of understanding our daily lives. Whether the end goal to a student’s artistic endeavours we believe a firm grasp of drawing should be at the core of their exploration to ensure the greatest success and confidence in their visual communication.
At all stages ideas for creative exploration will be challenged through active engagement with the work and approaches of artists and practitioners from historical, contemporary and culturally diverse backgrounds. This requires students to not only appreciate alternative attitudes and aesthetic values, but to also make artistic links that enhance the development of their own practise.
The Art department is mainly accomidated in the Newton Block and comprises:
One main art room and a Sixth Form area where Fine Art practices including painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking take place.
Sixth Form extended study rooms.
And one room in the former Church Hall.
There are exhibitions of examination work throughout the department and around the school enriching the student experience.
At GCSE and A level, students are given the opportunity to further develop their interest and abilities within a Fine Art and Digital Art specialism, with a large proportion of A level students choosing Degree or Foundation courses in Art for post 18 education.