Fine Art is part of the curriculum for Years 7 to 9 and is then offered at both GCSE and A Level. Pupils can study sculpture, installation art, lens-based media, printmaking, painting and drawing and digital manipulation.
The Department uses a broad range of sources from the historical to the contemporary, introducing a diverse mix of processes and techniques. Trips to local and national galleries inspire, diversify and enrich the students’ practice and the A Level students attend life drawing classes which are hugely beneficial in improving their observational skills and highly regarded when applying to Art Courses post A Level. Every year the examination students exhibit their work for parents and invited guests.
FASHION AND TEXTILE DESIGN
Fashion and Textile Design is part of the curriculum for Years 7 to 9 and is then offered at both GCSE and A Level. Fashion and Textile students can study painting and drawing, textile art, interior design, print and surface embellishment, garment construction, digital manipulation and studio and fashion photography
Pupils are guided through a broad range of processes and techniques as well as studying sources from historical and contemporary fashion and craft designers. Every year the Department hosts a Fashion Show which showcases work from all year groups and is modelled by the students’ themselves.
3D Design is part of the curriculum for Years 7 to 9 and is then offered at both GCSE and A Level. 3D Design students can study architectural design, sculpture, product design, jewellery and body adornment, exhibition design, 3D digital design, designs for theatre, film and TV and environmental/landscape/garden design. 3D Design is a diverse course which draws on intellectual, creative and practical skills. Pupils are taught skills in model making, construction, surface treatment, assembling and modelling. Final outcomes can be made from the pupil’s own choice of materials and can include wood, metal, plaster, plastic and found materials.
Offered at A Level Photography students can study Portraiture, landscape photography, still-life photography, documentary photography, experimental imagery, editorial photography, photographic installation, the photographic process and animation. A Level students explore both digital and traditional photographic methods over two years. With year one treated as a foundation year, students are taught the necessary skills whilst being encouraged to explore their creativity.
Students have access to the dark room and computers with the full suite of Adobe software meaning that they are able to explore both traditional photographic methods as well as more modern digital photography.
ART AND DESIGN SCHOLARSHIPS
Leweston offers Art and Design scholarships at Year 7 and Year 9 entry. At both stages candidates are asked to demonstrate a track record of achievement and interest in Art and Design in or outside of their current school. Art scholars participate in creative scholars’ projects and attend workshops run by the Department. They are also asked to produce art for events and for display in the school, attend additional classes and assist with workshops, events and clubs. For more information visit our Scholarships page.