The Art Department aims to make Art and creativity accessible for all. We aim to encourage students to extend, explore and expand their creative thinking and problem-solving skills, inspiring our students by introducing them to artists, craftspeople, designers and movements, alongside a variety of Art made across different time periods, cultures and countries. We intend to expand student thinking and challenge preconceived ideas, encouraging them to develop their own opinions, be able to justify these and broaden their own cultural capital. We aim to enhance skills, both physical and analytical; to communicate concepts, experiences and ideas across a wide range of media. and not be afraid to take risks. We aim to develop knowledge, inspire and enthuse, encouraging students to question, query and analyse. We aim to enhance and enrich students’ educational experience by encouraging them to express themselves creatively, to feel confident exploring media, and to be able to express their own feelings and opinions fluently, whether in the written or visual form.
Art should be enjoyed in and out of lesson time and the department has a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities to enrich our students - please click here to explore the exciting activities on offer.
Key Stage 3
We recognise that for our students to aspire and be successful in the wider areas of their lives and in the future, they need to be given rich and sustained opportunities to develop their cultural capital. With this in mind, we have designed projects to encourage students to be more aware of the places and communities they come from, to learn about the cultural heritage of the local area as well as from other cultures, to take inspiration from both local artists and those from further afield, and to develop a strong sense of identity and emotional wellbeing through the creation of personal and meaningful artwork.
Students are taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution, within a balanced and diverse curriculum.
Students are taught:
· to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks as a basis for exploring their ideas
· to use a range of techniques and media, including painting, printmaking, three-dimensional art and using IT
· to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
· to analyse, evaluate and appreciate their own and others' work using specialist vocabulary, in order to strengthen the visual impact of their work
· about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles, cultures and major movements from ancient times up to the present day
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 5
This exciting and challenging course encourages students to build on the artistic skills, knowledge, and understanding acquired at GCSE. Through a series of practical projects, students will develop many transferable skills, alongside their intellectual, imaginative, and creative abilities. They will demonstrate their aesthetic understanding and communication skills through drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital media, mixed media and critical analysis. Students are introduced to A Level Art via an extensive range of weekly workshops, teaching them new skills, processes and techniques during Term 1 to enable them to make guided decisions during their main project.
Creative Arts and Design is a fast growing sector that has become pivotal to the UK economy. The UK's creative industries contributed £111.7 billion value to the economy in 2018, "Creative Industries Federation" and even more importantly, more than two million people work in creative industries and that number is growing. These figures demonstrate that this is a vibrant sector with lots of opportunities for careers. Many of our students have gone on to explore a creative career path, take a look at some of our ex-student profiles to find out about the various opportunities available.
Many of our students have gone on to explore a creative career path, take a look at some of our Past students' Profiles/Work to find out about the various opportunities available and see their work.
More information can be found on the DRHS Sixth Form page here.
Art on Instagram
To see a wide range of outstanding work from our students, resources and up to date Art department news please click the logo below to view the Instagram page - shared on the Art Instagram Feed (@drhs.art)
Look here to see examples of artwork on the school photo gallery.
Please play the video to see a selection of the outstanding GCSE and A Level artwork from our virtual exhibition for 2020.