Art is a subject that allows you to explore ideas through practical application and through intellectual thought. Our open plan art studio allows students at Surbiton High School to have the opportunity and freedom to explore in a visually stimulating environment, surrounded by artefacts and students' work, both displayed and in the process of making. Interaction between students in different age groups and by art staff is one of the many benefits of an open plan environment. Helping students believe they can achieve is the key to success.
We are lucky enough at Surbiton to have a very large art studio which is well resourced, allowing us to give students an opportunity to experience a multitude of disciplines. We have a darkroom, a textile area for screen printing, dying and sewing, a printing press, a separate kiln room for ceramics, our own art library and a computer suite for research and digital photography. Our studio is large enough to accommodate large-scale work and installation. At GCSE and A-level we offer photography, film, fine art, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, printmaking and mixed media. We have a full-time technician and an artist in residence. Towards the end of the academic year, the art studio transforms into a large gallery space and we mount exhibitions of the students' work.
During Key Stage 3, students learn fundamental skills needed for creative drawing, painting and making, as well as understanding the context of art in contemporary and historical practice.
We run a very successful Year 8 cross-curricular project with Biology, which culminates in a magnificent exhibition and presentation to parents.
During Key Stages 4 and 5, one-to-one verbal communication is one of the most important aspects of our teaching; students have the freedom to choose their own outcomes and are encouraged to work on challenging ideas. The art teachers are there to facilitate their learning and discuss the students' ideas. This allows students to develop at their own pace and each student is treated as an individual, setting their own targets and their own homework.
The art studio is open most lunchtimes and often after School for a variety of clubs. It is also open for students to finish work or simply do their own thing. Gifted and talented students have a lunchtime club, but there is also a range of clubs to suit all abilities and age groups. The art studio is open at any time in the day for Sixth Form students and the studio is large enough to accommodate them whilst other lessons are taking place.
Regular trips include Paris for A-level Art History and New York for A-level Art students. We also run a Year 8 trip to the zoo for our cross-curricular project.
The Art Department works closely with the Drama Department and there are many opportunities for students to be involved in set making and costume design for school productions.
Many of our students go on to study Art and Design, History of Art, Architecture and Photography and Film at university level and have gone on to careers in Art and Design.