Art and Design

Imagination is more than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.
Albert Einstein

This quotation, by Albert Einstein, encapsulates an attitude to thinking which we hope to promote as part of the culture for learning within the Art department.

The Art department aims to develop students academically and technically, whilst broadening their cultural awareness. Our goal, is to enable students to think divergently, and to employ visual language to explore a range of issues, ideas and ideologies. Our students will learn to respond to a diverse range of influences in their work, exploring a variety of processes, materials and media with imaginative confidence and the freedom to fail.

The range of outstanding work on display throughout the school is testament to the strength of our Art and Design department. Our students’ work demonstrates a broad knowledge and understanding of Art and Design from different times and places, as well as an ability to make informed and personal links with their own emerging work. This approach results in a diverse range of thought-provoking art that engages with key social, political, historical and cultural issues. The fact that our students are using the techniques they develop to communicate ideas, ensures that their experience of Art will contribute to the way they engage with, and observe, the wider world for years to come.

Our modern, purpose-built Art and Design building includes two large classrooms, individual Sixth Form work areas, separate studios for Ceramics and Textiles, an Art Library and facilities for Photography and Computer-Aided Design.