Art and Photography
We provide well equipped, flexible studio spaces, which are a stimulating environment for students to work in a range of disciplines. From using traditional and modern media, and producing large scale paintings, to creating installations, photographic and digital media art forms.
Extra-curricular opportunities allow students to develop their interests, such as the Berlin residential study trip for year 13 art and photography students, life drawing, a portfolio programme and a weekly art club. A range of artists in residence, from ceramicists to filmmakers, printmakers to professional photographers, enriches the student experience each year. As a London school we make full use of the tremendous resource of visual art available, visiting galleries and developing projects to reflect contemporary exhibitions and initiatives in the art world. A recent year 7 sculpture project was designed to coincide with the fourth plinth commission in Trafalgar Square. The outcomes for this project then won the Art Council's 'forth plinth' school competition. The annual Art Show in the summer term is a highlight in the North London calendar. It is not surprising that examination results and progression to further education are excellent.
Pupils explore a range of topics, approaches and techniques. Schemes of work are supported by research into western, non-western, contemporary and more traditional artists. The breadth offered at KS3 is designed to give pupils a firm basis in their use of media, their selection of techniques and their response to the work of others in preparation for GCSE.
The Art department's KS4 programme of study develops independent working practice with an equal balance of teacher and pupil-lead projects. We equip pupils with appropriate skills and knowledge of the work of others, while also giving them the freedom to realise their personal intentions.
We offer both Photography and Fine Art endorsements of the Edexcel, Art and Design syllabus. Both courses are popular, successful and prepare students for the demands of a Foundation Diploma and, ultimately, a design or art based degree. The department has developed an environment where pupils are encouraged to experiment and take risks in their creative work. We have a well equipped A level Art studio, and a separate Photography studio which pupils are encouraged to use beyond their timetabled lessons.
The Art Department teaches the following courses
Art & Design National Curriculum at KS3
Edexcel Art & Design Fine Art (2FA01) & Photography (2PY01) GCSE
Edexcel Art & Design Fine Art AS (8FA01) & A2 (9FA01)
Edexcel Photography AS (8PY01) & A2 (9PY01)
AQA History of Art (2250)
There is a weekly KS3 Art club in the autumn and spring term and life drawing classes for sixth formers.