Through studio based activities and home based research, the Art Department seeks to provide an environment that encourages visual enquiry.
Art education stimulates students to think inventively, to acquire manipulative and perceptual skills, to form visual images and to develop critical judgement. To pursue these goals the Art Department provides excellent facilities, including a purpose built pottery and print room, fine art and an Apple Mac suite.
All First and Second students have a single or a double period of Art per week, where they explore a range of media and techniques and make links with research into artists’ work. In the Third Year, students are able to select three out of the six subjects that the College offer that could be broadly described as the Arts and Technologies.
Approximately 35% of the Fourth Year selects Art for GCSE. A Level Art is a popular option with approximately 20% of the Sixth Form pursuing this wide ranging course, which encourages students to explore drawing, painting, sculpture, print making, digital photography and elements of design processes.
Art is a creative process and its success evolves out of the students’ engagement with the subject. It is our belief that confidence precedes competence and eventual excellence in Art. We therefore seek to foster our students’ understanding of their own work as well as developing a deeper appreciation of the tradition within which they work.