Visual Arts is an exciting and engaging subject where students develop their creative art skills and as independent learners. The Visual Arts Faculty offers a rich and varied curriculum drawing on a variety of times, artists and cultures.
The Faculty offers challenging, thematic project work designed to encourage students to explore ideas, experiences and themes in many directions, including, fine art, sculpture, digital media, printmaking and art history. The students are taught skills in a vast range of techniques and materials to enable them to develop their creative abilities to the full, in an atmosphere of exploration, experimentation and originality.
Students wishing to obtain qualifications in Art and Design can opt to study G.C.S.E from Year 9, AS and A2 level Fine Art, Illustration and Animation, and Art History courses. These rigorous courses are intended to be interpreted and developed by each candidate to suite her or his individual tastes and interests, and the work involved is designed to be a most valuable stepping-stone to higher education. An exhibition of GCSE and A’ Level work is an annual event in the Visual Arts faculty, which gives us a chance to celebrate student success.
The Faculty is staffed with a committed, hardworking and reflective team with a range of specialisms. Staff maintain their own artistic practices outside of school and this keeps their teaching fresh and relevant.
Students are provided with opportunities for day trips to galleries and museums in London. An bi-annual residential trip is offered to exam level Students, previous destinations include Berlin, Barcelona, Paris and New York.
A brilliant workshop with Sydenham lens Artist John Russell really inspired our Year 11 GCSE students to get more involved with photography by taking good mobile phone images using recommended apps.
We will be entering the Sydenham Lens photography competition.