Asking ‘what do you like about art?’ is like asking ‘what do you like about life?’
Ms Holland (Teacher of Art)
Exam Board: EDEXCEL
Qualification: GCSE Art & Design
- Coursework: 60%
- Controlled Assessments: 40%
Art is an amazing thing to study because it gives you a whole set of visual language skills that are crucial to the world we live in. Humans have always been driven by visual stimulus and now more so than ever. It is the way we absorb and make sense of everything. To be able to understand and unpick the world, and to dive into the semiotics of it, you need visual language skills.
We start by focusing on the core technical skills – drawing, painting and 3D sculpting. Then we apply those core skills to a contextual setting – moving from theory to real and tangible life as the students experience it. At GCSE level and beyond we push them to develop and pursue their own area of interests and their own personal styles to find out what kind of expression their minds are capable of.
What’s unique about HA Art?
Students have had the opportunity to work on high profile projects with the Lyndons Arts Trust and Amnesty. Students have visited a range of exhibitions and galleries such as the Saatchi Gallery and Tate workshops, entered work into national competitions such as the ARTiculation Prize, as well as explored a range of artists, both historical and contemporary, from a varied scope of cultures and backgrounds.
The Art department has an industry standard laser cutter, CAD router and kiln room all available for student use.
Original student art is displayed in professional casings around the school.