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.
Art is amazing. The level of support and encouragement you receive from your teachers makes the subject brilliant and such fun. As well as the coursework being really enjoyable, the St Ives trip was a highlight and one of the best weeks ever. I would highly recommend Art to anyone.
A creative lead nationally
We have gained a national reputation for excellence and have enjoyed outstanding results at every level for many years.In 2018 and 2019 100% of pupils received the equivalent of A*-A for Pre-U Art. It is a common occurrence for our examination pupils to be placed amongst the highest-achieving pupils in the country.
Our beautiful Art School is purpose-built and spread over three floors; it has five studios, a gallery, offices and a library, workshops and ICT facilities.
We specialise 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 of 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. We have twice been national winners of the Big Draw and have received a Good Schools Guide award. We also enjoy biennial foreign study tours; recent destinations have included Venice, Paris, Nice, New York, Amsterdam, Prague, China, and Barcelona.
Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications, offered by Trinity College, London, that supports young people in their growth as artists and arts leaders. To achieve their Arts Award, pupils take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, be inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. They create a portfolio to keep a record of their creative journey. Along the way they are supported by an Arts Award Adviser, acting as assessor, facilitator and mentor.
At King’s Worcester, Arts Award is offered at the top three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold. There is a team of staff members, from a range of subject areas, trained as Arts Award Advisers, who take responsibility for the different groupings throughout the school.
Bronze Arts Award is offered as an extra-curricular activity to Lower Fourth pupils (Year 7). They choose a core art form – art, dance, drama or music – and attend weekly meetings with their Adviser. During the year they record evidence of their participation in their Arts Award portfolio. Their portfolio might be a folder, sketchbook, video diary or a website – it’s up to them. The evidence they record covers four key areas:
- Progress in their chosen art form, having set themselves a challenge to improve their skills
- Reviews of arts events, shared with their peers
- Research into their ‘arts inspiration’
- Sharing a skill with others
- Bronze Arts Award is a Level 1 award on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
Silver Arts Award is a Level 2 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (equivalent to a good pass at GCSE level) and stretches the arts skills explored in Bronze, encouraging more independence and promoting leadership skills. Completing Silver involves achieving an arts challenge, reviewing arts events, researching artists and arts organisations, and delivering an arts leadership project with other people.
Pupils in the Lower Remove (Year 9) can sign up to Silver Arts Award as a co-curricular activity. They do not need to have taken Bronze Arts Award, although many find it helpful. They attend weekly meetings with their Adviser who helps them to plan their work and oversees their Arts Award portfolio.
Lower Sixth pupils can opt to take Gold Arts Award as part of their Key Skills curriculum. They have timetabled lessons with their Advisers who support planning and oversee the completion of the Arts Award portfolio. Pupils do not need to have taken Bronze or Silver Arts Award in the past, but those that have will find the challenges familiar. The personal arts challenge develops pupils’ individual creative skills. The arts leadership project progresses to the next level with much greater project responsibility, and the research into the wider arts sector gets pupils directly involved in the arts world through placements, volunteering, and workshops.
Gold Arts Award is a Level 3 qualification and is recognised on the UCAS Tariff, attracting 16 UCAS points (equivalent to a Grade B in an AS examination).
Cambridge Pre-U Qualification
The Cambridge Pre-U qualification is an alternative to A level from Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and was conceived to offer additional depth in subjects beyond the standard A-level specifications.
The two-year course provides pupils with a broad and exciting art experience that includes painting, print-making, mixed-media, digital media, and sculpture. Work is developed from drawing, and a rich programme of critical and contextual studies informs the pupils’ understanding.
Upper Sixth artists follow independent programmes of study which build upon previously learnt skills and which reflect personal interests.
Our state of the Art School has fantastic facilities, including:
- Five studios with dedicated studios for GCSE and Lower Sixth pupils
- Individual work spaces for Upper Sixth students
- A ceramics kiln
- Screen printing facilities
- Two printing presses
- A gallery which is regularly used for private and public exhibitions
- Workshop areas
- ICT facilities
- Dedicated offices and library