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Art

An integral part of the cultural life of the School

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Art forms an integral part of the cultural life of the School. We work at developing aesthetic and cultural awareness and the intellectual rigour to equip students to cope successfully and to flourish individually in the artistic environment. The department is attractively situated in a new building within the School campus. It has three studios, a photography studio and a print workshop for the production of relief, intaglio, screen and block printing. There are also smaller studios for the preparation of sculpture, ceramics, three-dimensional work and a textiles room, as well as a fully equipped darkroom and an ICT suite for animation and film work. The curriculum is very broad, allowing students to experiment with all the major disciplines based around a Fine Art approach. Photography and Textiles are also offered at AS and A level. All work is linked to that of contemporary artists, through research projects and links with workshops and visiting artists. The department is open in the evenings and weekends allowing students to actively develop practical elements of the subject, as well as forming more independent responses to the needs of the curriculum.

Fine Art

GCSE

Students study FIne Art (OCR). It is an exciting and demanding subject that presupposes interest and talent. The courses involve many elements of creative practise and an individual, personal response to the work is encouraged. Throughout the course students are required to evaluate other artists' work, both visually and in written form.

A Level

Students study FIne Art (AQA). Students work on individual projects "creating visual meaning through Art by an expressive response to a personal context or social issue". Drawing is a fundamental skill and sketchbooks form an integral part of the development of the work - life drawing is compulsory for Fine Art students. Students are required to submit a portfolio of work at AS and A Level, with a period of controlled assessment within the exam project at the end of each course.

Areas of study:

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of fine art, such as those listed below. They may

explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

• drawing and painting

• mixed-media, including collage and assemblage

• sculpture

• ceramics

• installation

• printmaking (relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography)

• moving image and photography.

For an in depth analysis of the course and more detail on the structure please refer to the "Entering the Sixth Form" which is available as a download in the Admissions section of the website.

Textiles

Textiles image A level

Recently introduced this year and very popular, Textiles looks to introduce the students to a variety of experiences that explore a range of textile media, processes and techniques. It combines traditional and new techniques in the development of portfolios of work for AS, and A level. 

Areas of study:

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of textile design, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

• fashion design

• fashion textiles

• costume design

• digital textiles

• printed and/or dyed fabric and materials

• domestic textiles and wallpaper

• interior design

• constructed textiles

• art textiles

• installed textiles.

Skills and techniques:

Textiles imageStudents will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:

• awareness of the elements of textile design, such as shape, line, scale, colour, texture, pattern, contrast and/or repetition in relation to the chosen area(s) of textile design

• awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of textile design

• ability to respond to an issue, concept or idea, working to a brief or answering a need in the chosen area(s) of textile design

• appreciation of the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, the constraints of working to a brief

• understanding of a variety of textile methods, such as: fabric printing, mono-printing, relief printing, screen printing and laser printing; tie-dye and batik; spraying and transfer; fabric construction; stitching, appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting and embroidery.

Knowledge and understanding:

Students must show knowledge and understanding of:

• relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources

• how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts created in the chosen area(s) of textile design

• historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres

• how images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created

• continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to textile design

• a working vocabulary and specialist terminology that is relevant to their chosen area(s) of textile Design.

For an in depth analysis of the course and more detail on the structure please refer to the "Entering the Sixth Form" which is available as a download in the Admissions section of the website.

Next Steps…

To arrange a visit, or for any other enquiries regarding admissions at the Senior School, please contact our Registrar, Mrs Carole Heritage on 01225 721 133

To arrange a visit, or any other enquiries at the Pre-Prep and Prep please contact Nicky Davis on 01225 831 238.

Give us a call:

Tel: +44 (0)1225 721 133

Or send us an email:

admissions@monkton.org.uk for Senior School enquiries

mpsadmissions@monkton.org.uk for Pre-Prep and Prep enquiries

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