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

Students are expected to have taken art at GCSE level.

The art department follows the Cambridge Pre-U Fine Art course instead of the GCE course.