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Welcome to the Art Textiles Department

Art Textiles is a comparatively new subject at RHS which is very popular and successful.

Art Textiles operates within a purpose built block which has excellent facilities. All year 7, 8 and 9 students follow a broad course covering a diverse range of techniques that seek to develop and refine their practical skills. Students are encouraged to interpret their own designs in a diverse range of materials and threads to create an exciting range of outcomes. General processes include hand and machine embroidery, wet and dry needle felting, soft sculpture, wirework, beading, applique and silk screen printing.

Critical studies play an important role in the study and production of Art Textiles and students are encouraged to refer to and appraise opinions of works of art and textiles which further serve to inform and inspire

Students’ work is continually assessed in years 7, 8 and 9 and an End of Key Stage 3 Teacher Assessment Statement is awarded.

At the end of year 9, students have the option of continuing with Art Textiles through to GCSE level following the EDEXCEL examination syllabus. The course seeks to foster independent thought, encouraging pupils to be curious, aware and open to experimentation, whilst developing both their imagination, contextual knowledge, observation and practical skills.

Students can continue their Textiles education as they enter the Sixth Form by opting to enter for the EDEXCEL A Level Textiles endorsement (Textiles 9TEO)

The Art and Textiles department runs a series of trips to art galleries and exhibitions and a residential week for Year 10 and 12.

 The department is open regularly at breaks, dinner time and after school to enable all students to explore further their creative ideas with assistance from members of staff.