Exploring materials and making creative decisions enables students to become reflective artists who think critically with the ability to interpret the world around us. A range of material is experimented with including painting, printmaking, digital manipulation and 3D construction in order to develop their visual literacy.
We keep up with the art zeitgeist through visits to high profile exhibitions. Sketching on location at Kew Gardens and the Cass Sculpture foundation, and etching at a workshop at the London Print Studio takes students out of their comfort zone. Students’ artwork is entered into the Royal Academy Young Artist Summer Exhibition and we have a partnership sketchbook exchange project with our sister school in Philadelphia. Art permeates all of school life through the Sixth Form Art Reps’ Annual Charity Fashion Show and whole school participation in The Big Draw. As artists, students take ownership of their work and are given an outlet to express themselves and create work that is personal and valued.