“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 space, facilities for sculpture, a large printmaking studio, textiles rooms, Art library, Mac suite and darkroom.
Studios are open after school to allow students time to develop their work. The department also runs a range of clubs and workshops, including Photography Club, Upcycled Fashion, LC Textiles Club, LC Art Club, Graphic Design Club and Life drawing (SFC).
There is a dedicated program 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; BP Portrait Award, Art and History of Art trip to Paris, LC Trips to Nature in Art and Bath Fashion Museum, and British Museum and Tate Modern trips.
In LC1 and LC2 students rotate between Fine Art, Art Textiles and EET (Engineering, Enterprise & Technology), using their experiences in each discipline to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the visual arts.
LC3 students opt to study Art and Design. College provides an exciting curriculum to broaden girls’ understanding as well as develop new skills in textiles and digital photography. There is a strong emphasis on skilful and purposeful recording and experimenting.
GCSE Art and Design
The Edexcel course encourages girls to work in a range of media, including textiles and photography, 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 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.
The Edexcel AS and A2 courses 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.
HPQ and EPQ: Textiles
The Higher and Extended Project Qualifications involve independent work aimed at developing an area of personal interest or activity outside the curriculum. Students identify, design and deliver an individual project.
Head of Art: Ms Karen Whitehead BA
Mrs Liz Freedman BA
Miss Vicki Brandon BSc
Mrs Jenny Ellis BA
Miss Kate Fisher MA (Head of History of Art)
Mrs Ginny Ripley BEd
Miss Leonie Snow BA
Mr Christopher Gray BA