Academic departments

Art

'Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.'

The National Curriculum

Within the Art and Design Department, drawing is the key to success. Pupils learn to use a range of media when drawing from observation or imagination. Observational drawing requires pupils to look carefully and use their work as a means of communicating information. The value of drawing as a means of expression is explored. Pupils are also taught valuable skills in printmaking, design work and 3D compositions. All projects build upon pupils’ skills showing progressive development.

Art students develop skills in a variety of media while also gaining a historical context through the study of various artists and their methods. Most projects will require sustained research, investigation, experimentation, analysis and planning in sketchbooks before the final piece of work is created. The department employs a range of teaching and learning styles to maximise the potential of all pupils.

Year 7

Year 7 students receive an introduction to line, colour, tone and form. Whilst exploring these topics they are introduced to the work of relevant artists and practitioners and the codes and conventions used in different artistic genres and traditions.

 

 

 

Year 8

Year 8 students are encouraged to become more experimental and develop individual projects on buildings and acquire advanced skills in printmaking by developing a project on landscape in lino printing.

 

Year 9

Year 9 students are given more freedom to develop their personal ideas on the theme of Surrealism. They continue to enhance their design skills by creating Guernsey stamps and, by the end of Year 9, students show how they have been influenced by the work of a modern artists.

Additional educational experiences

Visits to exhibitions or displays encourage and improve pupils’ awareness of visual culture, and of other artists’ work. Students are encouraged to draw, design and take part in craft or photography-based interests outside school where possible. Many of our students improve their skills by drawing for enjoyment, and many also take part in local competitions.

Recent events and extra-curricular activities have included:

GCSE

In this course, students develop, explore and evaluate personal creative ideas and study the ideas and techniques of inspirational artists of your choice – perhaps Renoir, Picasso or Hepworth? Students may choose from a wide variety of techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture. The course is deeply rewarding, but requires a high level of commitment of both time and effort. At the end of the course, students mount their work for public exhibition.

A-Level Art

 

 

 

Meet our Art teachers

Cora Lee

Head of Art

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Hugh Rose

Design Director & Teacher of Art

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Katie Beavan

Teacher of Year 5

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