An exceptional department catering for all types of artist

This exceptional department has a Fine Art ethos and comprises four specialist teachers, who are practising artists, and two part-time technicians. Work is undertaken in four specialist studios. Years 7-9 are taught in small groups; GCSE groups can be up to 15 in size though rarely so. The main focus of the department is driven and underpinned by the study and practice of drawing and painting. Specialist printmaking facilities exist in order to explore possibilities in engraving, drypoint, lino and wood cut, silkscreen and relief. Sculpture, ceramics and 3D work is also extensive and possibilities exist to construct using wire or willow and cast and carve plaster as well as using varied mixed media sources. Textile resources are also extensive and we have sewing machines and associated resources. All studios are equipped with dedicated Apple computer areas and we have a fully equipped darkroom for traditional photography.

Years 7, 8 and 9 have two or three periods of Art each week. A broad programme exists involving the study of two and three-dimensional work and related critical and contextual studies. Sketchbooks are seen as essential to the creative process and students are encouraged to develop them from year 7 – they frequently develop into extensive visual journals. There is an emphasis on developing the ability of all students to see clearly and record visually from direct observation as an appropriate basis for the work made. Studios are used extensively at lunchtimes and after school and a wide variety of extracurricular activities are presented by staff.

Students are able to develop work in individual directions and resulting pieces are frequently compelling, the experience proving very rewarding.

‘Art is Art, everything else is everything else’.
Ad Reinhardt