The Art Department is committed to developing and supporting the skills and interests of all pupils, whatever their ability, through a structured programme of activities which promotes the learning of technique, whilst nurturing confidence, individuality and creativity. The department is friendly and welcoming but demands high standards and ambition amongst its pupils.
The department has gained a national reputation for excellence and has enjoyed outstanding results at every level for many years. It is a common occurrence for our examination pupils to be placed amongst the highest achieving pupils in the country. The Art School is purpose-built and spread over three floors; it has five studios, a gallery, offices and a library, workshops and ICT facilities. The department specialises in a fine art approach, promoting drawing and offering opportunities in painting, printmaking, textiles, sculpture, mixed-media and digital and video arts. The opportunity for pupils to interact with live work and artists is paramount to our philosophy. The Art School's Sir Terry Frost Gallery hosts exhibitions by well-respected artists, many of whom run practical workshops. There is a Head of Department, three full-time art teachers, one part-time teacher and two technicians. All are practising artists who work across a wide range of disciplines.
Pupils' work is exhibited outside school at local venues including Worcester Cathedral, Worcester Porcelain Museum, and Malvern Festival Theatre. We work with a local primary school and organise life drawing classes and workshops which are open to the local community. The department has twice been national winner of the Big Draw and has received a Good Schools Guide award. The department undertakes biennial foreign study tours. Destinations have included Venice, Paris, Nice, New York, Amsterdam, Prague, China and Barcelona.