Art is an extremely popular and successful subject throughout the school. The Art Department is staffed by teachers who are practising artists and supported by a full-time technician. We are uniquely placed to enable students to develop their skills, initiative and imagination through creative exploration.
Our three, purpose-built studios are a hub of energy and activity, where students are welcome to work in their free periods, at lunchtime and after school. Computers are all installed with digital scanners and digital software, including Photoshop and Final Cut Pro and the Sixth Form Studio has a printing press for etchings, monoprints and linocuts. There are facilities for colour printing and photocopying, digital cameras, camcorders and a suite of laptops.
Years 7, 8 and 9
We begin in Year 7 with a varied scheme of work to ensure all students learn the formal skills through an exciting range of media, including painting, printmaking, digital manipulation and 3D construction. This approach continues throughout Years 7, 8 and 9. We organise trips for every year group during the year, including a sketching trip to Kew Gardens and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Art GCSE projects are initiated through visits to museums and galleries in London, most recently to the National Portrait Gallery, The British Museum, Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Our students explore a variety of techniques and disciplines, such as drawing, painting, construction and digital media. Our results are consistently excellent, the majority of students achieving A* grade. A gallery of coursework and exam pieces from our 2016 GCSE students can be seen here.
A Level students design their own programme of study in close consultation with their teacher. Research is generated through gallery visits, such as the Royal Academy, the Liverpool Biennial, and the Wellcome Collection. In recent years the majority of students have achieved grade A* at A Level and every year, students successfully apply to Art Foundation Courses, usually at one of the very highly regarded London colleges or universities such as Central St Martin’s or Kingston. Our students are also successful in their applications to study architecture. You can see a gallery of coursework and exam pieces from our 2016 A Level students here
The department hosts a weekly art club, as well as a weekly life drawing evening class after school. Year 13 students learn etching at a workshop at the Thames Barrier Print Studio.