It is the mission of the Department of Art and Design to provide each student with a strong foundation in the techniques and processes to produce visual art; to understand the historical importance that visual art has in human society; to assist students in the development of a personal approach to the making of visual art; and to allow students to incorporate new technologies into the process of creating visual art.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
At Key Stage 3 students are introduced to working in different media and different specialisms, both two and three dimensionally. All project work relates to artists and craftspeople and students are encouraged to begin to investigate artists’ work within a historical context, describe the work they are looking at and write their opinions of the work.
With each Year group, the students explore three themes a year, one each term, and are given a project over the summer term to feed into the following year.
The summer examinations for all the Key Stage3 students encourage them to take ownership of their work and develop an idea along the GCSE guidelines of Develop, Refine, Record and Present, making connections with appropriate artists and beginning to demonstrate analytical and critical understanding.
Year 7 girls begin with Natural Forms and Landscapes, then move into the genre of Portraiture, alongside pattern and fashion and working in collage and finally ‘Beautiful Things’ to develop a personal response to in their Final Year Examination. Their summer project is Surrealism and they are asked to visit the Tate Modern to see the paintings first hand.
Their examination theme is Movement. At the end of the summer term the girls are taken on a visit the Victoria and Albert Museum to investigate the theme of Ancient Culture as a starting point to their Year 9 project.
They are also asked to further their research with a personal visit to a site here or abroad.
Year 8 students, using Surrealism, develop a personal image entitled ‘Dreams’ which they develop into a watercolour painting. They then work in three dimensions, creating ceramic vessels, inspired by the work of Kate Malone and by observing forms of fruit and vegetables.
In Year 9 the project of Ancient Cultures enables the students to have a taster of each of the specialisms we offer at GCSE; Fine Art, Photography and Textiles. The ‘I, Me, Mine’ project gives the students their first experience of working in acrylics on canvas, which they love and ‘The Decorated World’ is a fun theme that they can interpret as they wish for their examination.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)
At Key Stage 4 we offer three specialisms –Art and Design, Photography and Textile GCSE. All are Edexcel.
Art and Design: The students produce three units over the two years under the themes of ‘Colour’, ‘Ordinary and/or Extraordinary’ and ‘Structure’. The Final examination investigation begins in the Spring Term, the theme being set by the board and changing each year.
Photography: The Photography course is also run with three units that currently cover the themes of ‘A Place You Know’, ‘Overhead and Underneath’ and ‘Force’.
Textiles: The Textiles course is run in two units: ‘Environment, and ‘Adorn and Embellish’. The same theme is set for each specialism for the examination.
Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)
At Key Stage 5 we offer four specialisms –Edexcel Art and Design, Graphics, Photography and Textiles. We encourage the students to choose a past paper theme as a starting point in Year 12 and create a personal project in Year 13 that naturally has developed as a point of interest over the Year 12 course. Due to the nature of the course we work with each individual helping them build on their strengths and interests.
Many of our A Level students have continued to Art School including Billie Hansell who this year has been offered a place at the Central St Martins.
GCSE and A Level Art visit to the Tate Gallery on Monday 2nd March 2015
Each year we take the examination students on a visit to London to see an exhibition, 2015 we went to the Marlene Dumas at the Tate Modern.
Richmond and Twickenham Photographic Society Exhibition 2015
Each year the Photographic students exhibit their work at the Landmark Art Centre in Teddington.
Here is Ava Laird 10M at the Private View on Wednesday 25th March 2015 standing proudly in front of the work with friends and family viewing.
Here are some details from the painting, including an excellent recognisable portrait of Sister Paula by Tamsin Marshall in 9C.Our Able, Gifted and Talented students created a stunning circular painting in celebration of the centenary of the school that was completed in April 2015
We encourage students to enter internal and external competitions.
Our Year 8 and 9 students competed for the design of Little Women from which Tamsin Marshall’s image was selected.
Ella Tilley in Year 10 has won a prize in the competition for her image of the mattresses in the category ‘cradle to the grave’.
Mrs M Hayward-Smith - Head of Art
Mrs M Maunder