"When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we’ve already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to be there." An Incomplete Manifesto For Growth – Bruce Mau
Key Stage 3
Students are encouraged to work both collaboratively and individually through a challenging range of two and three-dimensional media and to review and refine work at each stage of the creative process through peer critiques. Students in each year group are taught to record their responses through a range of different processes from photography to drawing. Particular emphasis is put on observational drawing skills, which form an integral part of each project. All students learn to deconstruct and analyse other artists, craftspeople, cultures and historical periods. In turn they learn to apply this knowledge to their own work, making connections between other contexts and their personal responses to become both critics and practitioners.
“Art at HBS allows us to exercise and express our creativity, explore new terrains, ideas and push boundaries with guidance from our teachers.” – HBS Student
Key Stage 4
GCSE Art appeals to students who are keen to hone both their practical and conceptual skills to a high level in order to produce independent and innovative work.
The department follows the Edexcel Unendorsed Assessment which comprises two units: the first is teacher-directed to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the four GCSE objectives. Students will engage with a wide variety of techniques and approaches, and need to be open-minded and ready to challenge their existing preconceptions of art, whilst refining their core skills. The second unit requires investigation and research into a given title set by the exam board. Individual choice of media and personal responses to each topic are required in connection with detailed deconstruction of artists and art movements. Students are encouraged to research contemporary artists and practice from a wide variety of multicultural sources. ICT and new media including photography and film are used extensively.
Key stage 5
At A level, students are encouraged to take risks and develop as artists. They are given the opportunity to specialise in a range of media and processes that are relevant to their interests whether they be Architecture, fashion, sculpture, darkroom photography, installation or film. Their work culminates in an end of year show at both the first and second year of the A level, and students are responsible for the curation and set up of these exhibitions. Edexcel places theory alongside the practical elements of the course at A2, enabling students to further refine their written analysis and essay writing skills in preparation for higher education. We hope that by the end of this course, students will have gained a rich understanding of visual language and a passion for Art that goes beyond their school career.
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Curriculum activities and trips
The Art department links with the educational programmes at many of the leading London galleries and art colleges including; the Tate, Saatchi, the Royal Academy, the Royal College of Art, the Princes Trust and the Photographers gallery. Students at KS4 and 5 are given the opportunity to participate in a cultural art trip abroad. In the past we have visited New York, Italy, Istanbul, Paris and Barcelona. Please see our extracurricular page for information about school exhibitions, clubs and enrichment.
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Art at HBS provides a welcome refuge from the academic pressures of school life.