Art & Design

Every child is an artist.

Art and Design is taught in a well-equipped suite of specialist studios. A wide range of specialisms and opportunities for our students are on offer including drawing, painting, ceramics, screen-printing, batik, sculpture and silk painting. The department has its own computer facilities including access to Photoshop for the development of projects using digital media.

We aim to treat all students as individuals and encourage and respect the individual ideas and responses of all students. Develop and encourage the students’ critical and technical skills to a point where they can work with confidence and independence.  Stimulate an interest in, and enjoyment of, art and design for its own sake, to seek pleasure in the expression of creative ideas and encourage all students to take pride in their work and to strive for the highest academic and personal standards.

Year 7

In Year 7, students will investigate colour and develop projects which encourage them to develop skills in drawing, painting, print making and 3D work. Students will be exposed to both historical and contemporary artists. The skills covered in Year 7 underpin subsequent development of artistic practice in Key Stage 3.

Years 8 and 9

Throughout Key Stage 3, students are offered a range of artistic experiences and practical activities from the following areas: drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and batik. Students will look at a range of artists, craft persons and designers to underpin their studies as well as use a sketchbook to support classroom work and independent study. Much emphasis is placed on students showing initiative and a willingness to develop and extend ideas in an imaginative way, whilst taking responsibility for their own learning.

In Years 10 and 11, students follow a GCSE examination course in Art and Design; a course which encourages breadth and depth in more than one area of study. The syllabus facilitates opportunities for active learning where students can negotiate their own syllabus content and work to their strengths and personal interests continuing from the basis established in Years 7, 8 and 9.