"All pupils studying Art at Haileybury will examine a range of artists from a world history of Art, learning how to analyse Art and make reasoned judgements about images and artefacts...We are keen to develop an artistic curiosity in the pupils through studying different artists, styles and movements."
Charlotte Orford Head of the Art Department
Art is a popular subject at Haileybury and the Art School has a history of excellent examination results. There is no house style; pupils are encouraged to explore a range of styles and media, to develop their own personal style and aesthetic. The department offers courses at GCSE, AS, A2 (all OCR exam board) and International Baccalaureate (IB), and pupils receive excellent one-to-one teaching.
A large proportion of our Art students go on to study Art after Sixth Form, with many pupils being accepted onto the top Higher Education creative courses in the country; at London College of Communication (Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts), Leeds and Loughborough to undertake a Foundation course; Cambridge, University College London (UCL) and the AA to study Architecture; and The Courtauld Institute, Edinburgh and UCL to read History of Art.
The Art Department is a well-equipped, large, bright building boasting ample studio space on two floors. There are printing presses and facilities for ceramics and photography, both traditional and digital. There is a substantial Arts library, Adobe Creative Suite available on all computers in the Art School (and on the wider school campus), regular life drawing sessions, and facilities for more specialist techniques such as Aquatint.
From Years 7 to 9, Art forms part of the core Haileybury curriculum and pupils explore a broad range of 2D and some 3D media, including drawing, painting, collage, print, clay and Adobe Photoshop. Within these areas, pupils will study the key principles of Art including: mark and line, tone, shape and space, colour, pattern and rhythm, and texture and composition. Pupils also examine a range of artists from a world history of Art.
From Middles upwards, lessons are all coursework-based with each pupil working on an individually themed project of personal interest. Within these projects, pupils are required to record, analyse and develop their ideas in a sketchbook and refine their ideas into finished outcomes. Through contextualising their work with the work of artists, pupils develop confidence in evaluating Art and making reasoned judgements about images and artefacts.
The department places importance on building drawing skills from the Lower School right through to the Upper Sixth, giving pupils the means and confidence to translate ideas into any area of Art.
Set sizes are limited to 15 at GCSE level and at Sixth Form level, allowing pupils ownership over their choice of theme and to receive excellent one-to-one differentiated teaching. Pupils may choose to take Art as an additional GCSE on a Wednesday afternoon and on Field Weekends in place of doing The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) or Combined Cadet Force (CCF).
In the Sixth Form, pupils have the opportunity to work from a life model and have a dedicated studio space to use outside class time.
Art scholarships are available at 11+, 13+ and 16+.
Art Society meetings, originally founded in the 1920s, are held once or twice a term. They cover a diverse range of topics from glass painting to fashion and jewellery design and photography. All Art exam pupils are expected to attend but the meetings are open to all. Professional artists are regularly invited to the Art School to give workshops and demonstrations too, and we welcome the arrival of a new Artist-in-Residence in the summer.
Being on London’s doorstep, pupils have easy access to a wealth of art galleries and exhibitions and the Autumn Term trip to the London Galleries each year has proved invaluable in enriching pupils’ coursework and exam projects. The London cityscape is a popular destination for drawing trips too.
There are opportunities for pupils to study Art overseas; this academic year a trip was run for Art enthusiasts in Years 9 to 13 to Barcelona during the Christmas holidays, and we look forward to taking a group of Sixth Form artists to New York and Washington over the Easter break.
The Art Department puts on regular exhibitions to showcase the work of its pupils (and other artists). The highlight of the Art calendar is the annual Speech Day Art Exhibition in May, to which parents, pupils, staff and friends are invited. Also popular is the House Art Competition and Secret exhibition which takes place biennially in January, for both exam and non-examination artists, and the Prep and Primary Schools Art and Creative Writing Competition in June.
The Art Department studios are open every evening for all pupils, and these sessions are well attended throughout the year for pupils to work on class projects or their own personal art projects.
As Alberto Giacometti said, “The object of Art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.”
At Haileybury, all pupils are encouraged to explore their artistic ‘right brain’ side, irrespective of whether they choose to study Art as an academic option.
There are artistic opportunities for all year-groups outside class time; from Lower School Art Club to Art for DofE candidates and Sixth Formers as part of their Wednesday activities programme. Pupils both young and old enjoy intermingling in the studios, irrespective of age difference, exchanging artistic ideas and being creative.
Music is frequently used as a stimulus for creative thought and activity and the atmosphere is a relaxed and friendly one, even more so outside class time.
The Art School is open every evening and Saturday morning for those wishing to develop their artistic talent and visual expression.
Charlotte Orford joined the Art Department in 2007 and has been Head of Department since September 2011. She has a BA in Art History and Fine Art from Newcastle and has undertaken further training at Charles H Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. Charlotte specialises in Fine Art, especially oil painting, drawing, and portraiture. She worked as an artist in Suffolk for three years before turning her attentions to education, gaining a PGCE in Secondary Art from the Institute of Education, UCL, London.
The Art Department team numbers three full-time staff and an Art technician with specialisms in a wide range of disciplines and includes: Adrian Box MA ATC Dance Coordinator; Toby Parker BA PGCE FSA Scot FRAS FLS IB Core Coordinator and Honorary Archivist; Georgina Davidson Art Technician.
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