“Art, like language, has a structure, a pattern, a syntax. This can be an unpopular view in our currently individualistic, pluralist and Babel-like culture, but the common strands in visual experience can be taught and learnt.”
This thriving department in the Fauconberg Wing has dedicated studio and exhibition spaces, facilities for sculpture, a large printmaking studio, textiles rooms, art library, Mac suite and darkroom.
Studios are open each day after school to allow students time to develop their work using the facilities. The department also runs a range of clubs and workshops, including Photography Club, LC Art Club and Life drawing (SFC).
There is a dedicated programme for Art Scholars, including talks from visiting artists, trips to galleries, as well as workshops to enhance their experience.
Every year the department runs a series of trips. These have included visits to: the Royal Academy of Arts, the BP Portrait Award, Paris, Nature in Art, Kew Gardens, the British Museum and the Tate Modern.
In LC1 and LC2 all students study Art and Design. They have the opportunity to explore different approaches to media in order to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the visual arts.
In LC3 students opt to study Art and Design. College provides an exciting curriculum to broaden girls' understanding, as well as to develop more advanced skills in different areas, including printmaking, textiles and digital photography. There is a strong emphasis on skilful and purposeful recording and experimenting.
GCSE Art and Design: Fine Art
The AQA GCSE course encourages girls to work in a range of media, including printmaking, painting, textiles and photography, whilst building upon a strong base of recording. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own ideas through a structured approach.
IB: Visual Arts
Each of the three components has a strong emphasis on the IB learner profile and students are encouraged to work in an independent and enquiring way. They can work across disciplines, including photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles and 3D.
Emphasis is on the process of creating art, resulting in more resolved work in the final year. Students work primarily in a practical way, supporting this with in-depth critical analysis.
A Level: Fine Art
The OCR A Level Course encourages students to develop skills and ideas to a mature level, building on GCSE experiences. Allocated studio space enables students to develop their work through sustained and skilful recording, experimentation and research.
Head of Art: Ms Karen Whitehead BA
Mrs Liz Freedman BA
Mrs Alex Roberts BA
Miss Hannah Ellis
Mrs Ginny Ripley BEd
Mr Christopher Gray BA