In the art department we believe the secret of success in and enjoyment of art lies with allowing pupils to find their own individual strengths. Our small class sizes allow considerable freedom, helping pupils to develop confidence in their own ideas and teaching them to respect each other’s individual identities. Pupils are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of media and approaches in order to express their innate creativity and thereby build their self-esteem. There is an emphasis on the discipline of drawing and painting, teaching concentration and perseverance, whilst the study of artists and their lives develops open-mindedness and empathy. Pupils are motivated to produce ambitious and successful work and many go on to take Fine Art and related subjects at A Level.
Curriculum at Key Stages 2 and 3
Pupils in Key Stages 2 and 3 take their art lessons in the Senior School. They therefore see and are inspired by the work of older pupils and have access to a wide range of media and a purpose-built studio space. The study of artists, cultures and art movements are integrated into practical projects. Pupils study a diverse range of art including ancient Aboriginal, 17th century still life, European 19th century art movements and 20th century art – from the First World War to Pop Art and Land art to 21st century installation.
Alongside the development of their technical skills, using a range of 2d and 3d media, pupils develop visual literacy and an open-minded appreciation of art. Various trips are organised to complement their classroom studies and cross-phase activities between Year Seven and Reception and Key Stage 1 encourage a sense of pride and leadership in our older pupils.
Curriculum at Key Stage 4
Pupils in Key Stage 4 take Fine Art as an option at GCSE. Pupils produce a portfolio of work and, with increasing independence, follow their own direction in terms of subject and media. They choose to study a range of artists whose work links either stylistically or thematically to their own which leads to a diverse and highly personal range of work. The course culminates in an art trip to a foreign city.
Exam Board: AQA
Specification: Fine Art
Structure of course: 60% independent portfolio work 40% controlled assessment