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The Art Department follows a traditional Fine Art curriculum that embraces new modern technology without losing sight of the essential skills and disciplines that create confidence and build success. This dynamic, flagship department concentrates on nurturing the skills of drawing in all its guises, as an integral response to the development of an idea from concept to realisation of intentions. Painting, sculpture, print making and photography are the building blocks for a strong foundation in which to explore and develop a personal response to the visual world. Critical-study also plays a huge part in understanding the cultural heritage and contextual tradition of the pupils' work. 

> Years 7-9

During these essential formative years the Art Department aims to develop each pupil’s confidence in their ability to use a variety of media, explore an idea and take pride in their achievement. Pupils learn how to draw, paint and develop pieces of sculpture or print. It is important to instil a sense of value and pride in the enterprise taken by the individual, and to encourage them to enjoy the sense of wonder at learning a new skill or discovery.

All work is project based, so that pupils understand that a painting or drawing is not necessarily an end in itself but could lead to other avenues of research. Pupils are taught how to develop an idea and to think laterally.

> GCSE

GCSE Fine Art allows pupils to build on their previous experience of this subject. The Department aims to introduce new medias and working processes to expand the pupil’s visual vocabulary. During the first two terms pupils are taught how to develop a coursework project based on a broad theme initiated by their teacher. They become familiar with the requirements of the syllabus. The syllabus is 60% coursework and 40% exam project.

> A Level

There are two A'Level subject options at the School, Fine Art and Textile Art.

A Level Fine Art

This is essentially a practical subject designed to develop the visual, analytical and cognitive skills of a young developing artist. It builds on your experience of GCSE Art but dramatically expands understanding and scope of your work. Students will explore a personal open ended brief through the three main Fine Art disciplines of painting/drawing, sculpture and printmaking. More advanced methods of recording through digital photography and visual IT packages are also explored.

A Level Textile Art

The course introduces the processes, skills, concepts and ideas associated with Textile Design.  The emphasis is on the expressive and creative use of materials to create exciting textile based art work. Initially students are taught both traditional and contemporary techniques including silk screen printing, batik, felt making, hand-dyeing, heat manipulation and other constructed textile methods.
As the course continues projects become highly personal and students can choose to move into two-dimensional design, relief work, sculptural/constructed textiles and fashion or costume design.

> Co-curricular

The Art Department is open after school on most evenings for pupils to work on their pieces and exchange ideas in a relaxed setting.

> Trips

Visits to stimulate and excite are organised by the Department. Destinations include galleries in London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, Moscow and Amsterdam to see the great works of art in situ.

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