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Welcome to the Art Department

‘’I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not; we must do.’’ Leonardo da Vinci

Drawing is a process within which the world and complex ideas can be explored. Students are encouraged to record from first hand observations and to acquire traditional skills which can then be utilised to explore and investigate. ‘’I have learnt that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen, and that when I start to draw an ordinary thing, I realise how extraordinary it is.’’ Frederick Franck

Year 7 students embark upon a skills based programme devised to embed technical skills which are then used to explore responses to an imaginative task. The focus in year 8 is on experimenting with materials and tackling ‘composition’ while year 9’s are given the opportunity to develop their own ideas in outcomes that are more personal.

At GCSE and A Level students explore a wide range of techniques, materials and approaches through a series of workshops. Students are then guided to construct personal projects of their own which consist of: recording, exploring and experimenting, developing ideas and presenting outcomes.

At GCSE and A Level we follow the OCR Examination syllabus.

‘’It is often said that Leonardo drew so well because he knew about things; it is truer to say that he knew about things because he drew so well.’’ Kenneth Clarke