We aim to deliver an art education that is a broad and exciting experience for every pupil.
Art at QEGS is concerned with nurturing and stretching the artistic knowledge and ability of every individual through teaching practical visual language skills, an understanding of aesthetics and perception, encouraging expression, gaining critical, historical and cultural awareness and developing an understanding of concepts and ideas.
Our aim is for our pupils to:-
- Develop a practical understanding of different materials and techniques.
- Gain confidence in communication and self-expression.
- Develop independent, creative thinking skills.
- Gain critical and contextual understanding through exploring art and artists.
- Pioneer, explore, invent and experiment.
All pupils are taught for one double period per week in small class sizes (maximum of 15 pupils). Pupils explore and develop their understanding of art history, different materials and techniques in 2D, 3D and digital media.
GCSE – Art and Design, Fine Art (Edexcel)
The course is split into two units. Unit one consists of a personal portfolio of work which has a 60% weighting of the overall qualification. Unit two is the externally set assignment which has a weighting of 40%. Both units are internally assessed and externally standardised.
AS/A2 GCE – Art and Design, Fine Art (Edexcel)
The full A Level qualification is split into four units, two at AS and two at A2 level. At both levels there is a portfolio unit and an externally set assignment. Pupils are taught to explore and demonstrate an understanding of the formal elements and also the work of artists past and present, as well as to use visual language to describe their own thoughts and ideas.
The Art Department is located in its own building, Hartley House. There are four large well-equipped studios spread over two floors, all benefiting from excellent natural light. One studio provides very generous personal spaces and is used purely for A level art pupils. In addition to the practical studio spaces we have a digital media suite which houses the departments apple computers.
The department explores a wide range of art disciplines such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital and alternative media and is therefore well equipped and regularly replenished with a variety of consumable materials. There is also a collection of specialist books, magazines and digital resources within the department for the pupils to use as a research tool and an excellent collection housed in the main school library.
A rich programme of out-of-hours learning opportunities is available for each year group. Art clubs are offered at lunch times for years 7-9 and after school sessions for GCSE and A level pupils. Personal tutorials are offered during lunchtimes and after school for GCSE and A level pupils. Life drawing classes are also offered for A level pupils after school during the Trinity term and we regularly offer an open studio day for GCSE and A level pupils during the Easter holidays.
There are a variety of additional learning opportunities such as trips to galleries/places of cultural interest both within the UK and Europe offered to our pupils. Recent trips have included residential visits to Barcelona and Rome. We regularly exhibit pupils work both in school and within the north-west and pupils have successfully exhibited in prestigious on- line exhibitions such as the Saatchi Gallery online exhibition and The Royal Academy Summer A Level exhibition.
We are proud of our record of results at both GCSE and A level and pupils have gone on to study at some of the most prestigious Art establishments in Europe, such as The Slade School of Art, Glasgow School of Art and Goldsmiths College.