We have a high level of success within the Art Department at St Andrew’s School and aim to provide pupils with skills in all areas of Art, Contemporary Crafts and Design.
Art is a popular subject and the art rooms are always alive with activity and buzzing with pupils at lunchtimes, as well as during lessons. Each pupil’s individuality is highly valued, and within small class sizes, pupils are encouraged to develop enquiring minds and imaginative ideas. Pupils are enthusiastic and imaginative, they experiment and take risks
Art is taught as a separate specialist subject for year 3 through to year 11, in a purpose built, 3 story house. On the ground floor is the Resistant Materials and Graphics workshop, the middle floor is a multi-purpose art studio, for painting, printing, ceramics and 3 dimensional work. The top floor is dedicated to drawing and textiles.
There is a balance in the programme of study between investigating and making, and knowledge and understanding. Pupils have the opportunity to make both two dimensional and three dimensional work including ceramics and textiles, printing and digital photography. Pupils are taught to use materials, tools and techniques to develop their creative, imaginative and practical skills.
Through their own work and the study of other artists pupils will develop visual perception and literacy, so enabling them to express ideas and opinions using critical, analytical and specialist vocabulary.
The GCSE personal portfolio work is compiled in sketchbooks, which develop into a creative, visual and written journey exploring their chosen theme.
There are local and London gallery and museum visits and a twice weekly GCSE art club. Many girls who study Art at GCSE continue to follow the subject to A Level and beyond. We are very excited that we can now offer A Level Art and Photography in our new St Andrew’s and Rushmoor Sixth Form.