The Art department at Thurstable school is an exciting and creative place full of visual stimulation. It is an inspiring environment in which to learn and create with a team of dedicated, highly skilled teachers.
Mrs S Carder - Joint Head of Department specialising in drawing, printmaking and photography
Mrs C Upton - Joint Head of Department specialising in drawing, painting and photography
Mrs A Freeman - Art Teacher
Mrs S Lay - Art Teacher specialising in drawing, painting and mixed media
Mrs K Knight - Art Technician
The department prides itself on the quality of our teaching and learning and the art curriculum is designed to enable our students to build their art skills whilst also becoming independent, creative thinkers, risk takers and explorers. Students will experience a wide variety of media, materials, techniques and processes all underpinned by research into historical and contextual sources that include major movements and artists throughout history.
GCSE and A-Level
KS4 GCSE Art and Design EDEXCEL 1AD01/02 https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/art-and-design-2016.html
60% Personal portfolio. This is completed in class during years 10 and 11
40% Externally set assignment (exam) taken at the end of year 11
KS5 A Level Art, Craft and Design
A Level Photography
EDEXCEL 9PY01/02 https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/art-and-design-2015.html
60% Personal portfolio. This is completed in class during year 12 and 13
40% Externally set assignment (exam) taken at the end of year 13
Three specialist art rooms including one with a computer suite for photography editing and researching artists.
Darkroom for exploring traditional black and white photography developing.
Photography studio with backdrops and studio lights for A level photography.
After school Art club.
Art rooms are open for GCSE and A level students after school to continue and develop their personal portfolios.
Trips are run as when appropriate to what is being taught. This includes trips to galleries both locally and in London and drawing and photography days exploring a variety of locations, most recently Kew Gardens in London.