Art is a well-established department at Haberdashers' Adams and if there is a defining aspect of the subject, it is our focus on traditional skills with an emphasis on drawing, coupled with the desire to lead pupils on a personal journey of discovery. To this end pupils are given the opportunity to develop work in a wide range of media, from painting and drawing, graphic design and sculpture to digital media and photography. In order to successfully produce art work of real depth, pupils need to develop the skills necessary to manipulate whatever materials they choose to explore with confidence and intent.
The subject complements other areas of the school curriculum, including Design and Technology and English, with pupils developing a project based on a favourite book or fictional character. Recent work with Year 9 has included an in-depth study of aspects of human anatomy, an excellent primer for pupils with medical aspirations.
Pupils in Year 9 must choose from an option block which includes Art, Craft and Design at GCSE level. Here pupils can focus on a wide range of skills which includes aspects of Fine Art, Photography, Graphic Design and Illustration. During the second half of the two year course pupils will develop a completely self-directed project where they will set the agenda. This gives them the opportunity to show what they can do when given complete control of their own work, something that only the Art department offers. Through this process pupils develop autonomy, the ability to self-motivate and a chance to develop a creative approach to problem solving through practical application of learned techniques.
At A-level we offer a chance to further develop the skills learned at GCSE, whilst at the same time expanding the range of techniques and materials even further. In particular we offer experience of high level sculptural techniques, advanced painting and drawing approaches alongside an even greater emphasis on self-direction. This prepares our pupils for the demands of higher education, by giving them the opportunity to think and work like degree level students, including working in their own designated spaces.
Please take some time to look at our on line gallery below, which presents a range of work from across the age range taught.
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Mr E P Coyle
Head of Art
Mr M Potter
Educational Support Assistant