Being a successful artist requires both individual creativity and the ability to work in a team.
In the College’s Art department, pupils have the opportunity to learn a variety of practical skills. These include making a portrait in oils, exploring different drawing media and techniques, working on digital photographs with Adobe Photoshop, staging and directing photo-shoots, etching from a copper plate, and sculpting in clay. We then encourage the pupils to use these skills in inventive and creative ways.
Pupils at all levels learn to be reflective and self-critical, and to review their work in the light of criticism from others. They are taught to refine their ideas and to keep personal and carefully annotated records of the creative process.
Our facilities, include a department library, pottery and printmaking workshops, a photographic studio and darkroom, plus the art rooms used for painting and drawing. The studios are open during school hours and after school.
As well as the GCSE and A Level courses in Art, Photography and History of Art, we encourage pupils to explore other artistic pursuits, such as fashion design. We also have regular trips to art museums and galleries and have enjoyed inspiring exhibitions in London, Paris, Florence and elsewhere in Italy.
Many pupils go from the Sixth Form into Art, Photography or Architecture and Design courses at university, while others have become Art Historians and Film Makers.
Design and Technology
In DT, pupils learn to combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to make high quality products that meet human needs.
We teach the pupils to use current technologies, to consider the impact of future developments, and to think creatively about improving the quality of life and solving problems.
Resistant Materials covers a wide range of activities based on designing and making products using materials such as wood, metal and plastics. As well as learning the skills of hand-crafting, pupils use a range of industrial processes to shape and form materials.
Our extensive facilities in the Technology Activity Centre include three large workshops for cabinet making, engineering, jewellery making, silversmithing and computer aided manufacture. There are two design studios, one housing a fully-equipped CAD suite, that help pupils develop their creative designing and making skills, and technical knowledge, and to pick up invaluable transferable skills such as problem-solving and time-management.
There are also opportunities to take part in national competitions and engineering initiatives, and in other curriculum areas (e.g. the set for school productions).
Over the years, pupils have enjoyed success with the Arkwright Scholarship Scheme and it’s always a pleasure to share and celebrate the work of all pupils in each year’s summer exhibition.