Art

Overview

It is the Art Department’s aim to inspire each student studying art to consider their place in the world and to communicate their personal response to it. Studying Art at Eltham helps students to develop a sense of their own identity as students are given the chance to learn how to work with a range of materials and techniques so that they develop confidence, competence, imagination and creativity.

The Art Department is an exciting place to study; previous exam students have made films, built large-scale installations, used photography, drawn with wire, printed with a variety of objects through the etching press, made sound pieces and projected images over sculptures amongst many other interesting projects. The subject matter is varied as the students themselves – from composing and realising beauty in everyday objects, mapping the stars, aviation, architecture, political beliefs, politics, ecology, movement, archaeology, reflection, family history, memories, human interaction, pattern, experimental travel… The ideas are inspired by artists relevant to their lives and eclectic interests. Art can bring a welcome balance to other academic subjects.

Studying Art develops transferable skills such as problem-solving, creative thinking, experimentation, critical analysis, research skills, resilience, making and building skills, team work and debating.

Teaching and Learning

What happens in an Art room can be roughly grouped into making Art, learning about Art, and most importantly learning from Art. One of the department’s major tasks is to provide learning experiences, which stimulate and encourage investigation to develop personal ideas, feelings and responses to a subject, issue or problem.

There are regular extra sessions set up for the exam groups so that they can keep on top of their studio work. The classrooms are opened for students over the Easter holidays to complete coursework and Sixth Form students can use their free lessons to complete work in the department. There are also courses offered in the gallery, both evening and holiday courses, that support those studying Art at exam level. We follow the OCR A level Art and Design specification.

Curriculum

The A level course builds on the aims of the lower school and GCSE programmes. The opportunities are vast.

  • There is a weekly programme of activities organised for Tuesday nights to enrich the course.
  • There are artists talks, artist-led workshops, life drawing sessions, crit sessions and the opportunity to use the gallery as a new place in which to learn.
  • Sixth Form artists have the chance to take part in a major project in Gerald Moore Gallery working with artists on an event or exhibition through a series of workshops. They also have the chance to lead events in the gallery and to support the gallery team with exhibitions. At the end of the year the AS and A level artists plan, curate and promote their AS and A level exhibition in Gerald Moore Gallery which is a fabulous way to conclude their time at the College.

Trips, activities and clubs

Annual exhibitions are held in Central Hall and gifted and talented artist-led workshops are also held each year for students.

There is an Art club once a week in the department but A level artists can access the studios in their free lessons, at lunchtimes and after school.

There is an annual trip during the October half term. In recent years we have visited New York, St Petersburg and Moscow, Copenhagen, Florence, Paris, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Staff

  • Ms S Heraghty BA (Director of Art)
  • Mrs M Franklin MA
  • Mrs A Richards BA (part-time)
  • Mr D Hughes (Art Technician)