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Art - An Introduction 

The Art School is situated in Howard’s, a listed redbrick Georgian building of the mid 1750s. It was originally a Moravian School, and JamesGilray, the 18th Century caricaturist was educated there. Over the years the building has been altered and developed, but it retains much of its character providing an exciting set of studios for painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture, an Art library and a lecture theatre/computer suite. The Art School was refurbished in 2003. A new printmaking studio has been created. The ceramics area has been modernised and a separate studio for Sculpture has been built. Our facilities are now most impressive.

The Art Department aims to develop the possibilities within every pupil who studies in the Department. We aim to provide a stimulating and exciting environment where students can develop their artistic creativity whether they are studying Art for examinations, enjoyment or as an introduction to the subject. We strive for excellence and aim to expose students to as much art as possible through exhibitions in our Foyer Gallery, visiting London and local galleries and promoting educational and cultural visits abroad.

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We aim to keep abreast of contemporary issues in Art and the Art Appreciation Society invites outside speakers to add breadth to our lectures and discussions and to illustrate different ways of working.

All boys who enter the school at 13+ (approximately 150) have 2 periods of Art per week. A selection of subjects for GCSE is made during this year and boys who choose Art move to 4 periods per week for their Remove and Fifth years.

As an Advanced Level subject 7 periods per week are allocated in the Lower Sixth for AS level and 8 for A2 (Upper Sixth). Over twenty students study AS/A2 Level Art.

Approximately 65 boys study GCSE Art annually. Results continue to be impressive. A and B grades are the norm. The course specification we follow is Fine Art and is administered by OCR.

AS/A2 Level complements many other subjects and is an accepted academic subject. The course is of special importance to those students contemplating Architecture, Foundation or degree studies in Art, Design or Industrial Design. Students have been very successful and have enjoyed both the practical and intellectual demands of the course. A European Study Tour is usually arranged during the academic year (New York, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris, Florence) and although this is not compulsory, all students who have taken part have benefited enormously from the experience.

The course itself builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at GCSE. Life Drawing is an important activity and underpins much of what is done in the department. In certain circumstances students will be accepted on to the course without GCSE Art. At AS and A2 students will follow the Fine Art specification from OCR working in the areas of painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and critical studies. In all areas it is anticipated that students will have an interest in the historical and aesthetic side of the subject and that they will pursue this with their own reading and visits to exhibitions. Again, results at AS and A2 Level are excellent. Each year pupils pursue further studies in Art and Architecture. Pupils regularly gain places at Kingston, Central St Martins and other Foundation and Degree courses throughout the country.

In 2003 we began offering the Visual Arts Course for the International Baccalaureate. This is an exciting course where our aim is:

  • To provide students with opportunities to make personal, sociocultural and aesthetic experiences meaningful through the production and understanding of art.
  • Exemplify and encourage an inquiring and integrated approach towards visual arts in their various historical and contemporary forms.
  • Promote visual and contextual knowledge of art from various cultures
  • Encourage the pursuit of quality through experimentation and purposeful creative work in various expressive media.
  • Enable students to learn about themselves and others through individual and, where appropriate, collaborative engagement with the visual arts.
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