Girls are encouraged to explore Art from Reception age, with the aim of developing fine motor skills and to experiment with a range of artistic skills. Girls have the opportunity to explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, investigating colour, design, texture, form and function. Girls study various artists, such as Monet and Van Gogh, and produce work based on techniques used by them. They progress to working in two and three dimensions, using a wide variety of materials and tools. Digital photography, printmaking and sculpture are enjoyed by the girls and drawing using charcoal, ink and pastel remains an important part of the project work.
Art for Years 5 and 6 is taught in the magnificent art studio at the Senior School by specialist Art teachers. These talented teachers inspire and encourage girls to be creative and expressive in their work. Potential Art scholars are identified and given the opportunity to work in the studio, under the guidance of the staff, to produce a portfolio of work. We are thrilled that each year, several girls are awarded Art scholarships, which is testament to their artistic talent. The Art themes throughout the School aim to incorporate a range of co-curricular studies, such as the Britain since 1940 project, where Year 6 girls made suitcases for the evacuees, and the African portraits linked to Year 3’s study of Africa. The girls have the opportunity to work two and three dimensionally, including aspects of Design Technology, working individually and collaboratively to develop new techniques such as perspective and tone. At the end of each year, parents are invited to see a display of the work at our Open Exhibition and are always amazed by the standard of art work and displays around the School.