Art and Design

Aims and philosophy

The art department is committed to offering a stimulating environment for a wide range of art practices, in the belief that creativity is a vital part of education. There are facilities for painting, drawing, sculpture and specialist facilities for printmaking. Observational and practical skills are taught in structured lessons to small groups, and there is ample opportunity to experiment with new ideas while learning from the study of old and modern masters.

The art department prides itself in providing students with a wide range of opportunities in a highly creative environment with outstanding facilities. Skill development, creative thinking and independent learning are integral and pupils explore their artwork and ideas using a wide range of media, processes and methods.

Along with the study of art and culture from antiquity to the modern day, pupils build their techniques and skill base through media experimentation and problem solving. While traditional skills are taught, the emphasis is firmly on the individual and fostering artistic and experimental growth. Pupils are encouraged to find their own voice in an atmosphere of excellence and high expectations.
The art department is an environment that allows the gifted and passionate to excel. We have outstanding results and each year a number of Sixth Form pupils usually go on to study related subjects at art school or university.

Curriculum Year 7-11
Art is taught to all girls in Years 7-9 and then becomes an option at Year 10 for GCSE.
The GCSE course is an integrated programme of practical and critical study, in which creative work in a variety of media is informed by the study of works of art, craft and design from different periods and different societies. Visits to museums and galleries play an important part in the teaching of art to all ages at Queen’s.

Curriculum Year 12 and Year 13
A-level Art offers learners opportunities for creative exploration, development and innovation in one or more of a wide range of techniques and media such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, book binding, illustration, film making and photography.

It is assessed at the end of two years, which offers learners freedom to develop maturity as an artist and/or designer and time to reflect on their work before any component is assessed, enhancing confidence, interest and enjoyment in the subject.

The course supports independent and self-directed learning, encouraging learners to think laterally, critically and creatively, and to acquire good problem-solving skills. It also promotes comprehensive understanding of the subject through depth and rigour. A-level Art builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills typically gained by candidates who have taken GCSE. We recommend that candidates beginning A-level Art should have previously completed a GCSE qualification in Art and should be able to demonstrate their ability and commitment to further study through a suitable portfolio of work. This is not essential but you should discuss the options with the Head of Art if you have not previously studied Art.