Studying art at the school combines practical tasks with many aspects of visual culture, from analysis of fine art and design to fashion and architecture. In all the work they do, pupils are encouraged to take risks, explore possibilities, and to understand the historical context of artistic movements. They are also taught how to give their practical investigations greater meaning by carrying out independent research. This approach to studying art matches the assessment objectives at both GCSE and A-level. The effective analysis of an image is also a valuable life-skill that can be applied to many subjects.
From Year 7 to 9, pupils are introduced to different materials and ways of making art. This prepares them for the more rigorous GCSE and A-level courses if they choose to study them. Work by pupils is celebrated on the Art department’s own website at www.wlfsart.com. We want to develop confidence in all pupils to make work that is enjoyable, and also push the limits of what they think they can achieve.