Art & Graphic Design plays a large part in the curriculum at Wetherby Senior School. Taught by three specialist teachers and spread over three teaching spaces, the facilities are state of the art. The boys’ work is displayed throughout the School in four designated galleries and they are encouraged to enter their work in external competitions including the ISA and Fourth Plinth Schools award. Art exhibitions are hosted during the course of the academic year and in the past has included the boys showing their work at the Saatchi Gallery.
teaching and learning
Wetherby Senior School aims to provide all boys with the means to express themselves creatively through a wide variety of media. They are given the opportunity to discover Art & Graphic Design by investigating, experimenting and gaining confidence.
In the Lower School, the Art and Graphic Design curriculum provides the boys with a carousel timetable allowing them to experience the two subjects at various intervals during the school year. This enables them to explore a range of technical and analytical skills.
We offer two pathways at GCSE and A Level: Art Design & Craft and Graphic Communication. At GCSE, the boys focus on developing an understanding of Art & Design through experimentation whilst considering design practices and various artists’ work.
In Graphic Communication, students work to a brief, learning to approach their work with a critical and reflective eye. Projects include a book illustration, sport logo and Cadbury’s chocolate packaging.
The assessed A Level unit incorporates two linked elements – practical work and a personal study. The practical work provides students with opportunities to pursue their own creative, visual ideas in a chosen area of art, craft and design. Students will demonstrate the ability to resolve issues and ideas that emerge as an inevitable part of the process of creating art and design work. The practical and personal study elements are interlinked.
The Art and Graphic Design suites are generously rescourced: offering two bandsaws, two sanding belts, two floor standing power drills, two printing presses, two kilns, a laser cutter and a 16 bay computer suite that houses Adobe software, providing the boys with the opportunity to use Photoshop and Illustrator.
During the course of the autumn term, the department holds an Artist in Residence workshop allowing the boys to develop an understanding of the artist at work. Most recently, Francesca Tiley held a 12-week club specialising in screen printing.
Many top-up sessions, such as Open Studio and Open Sketchbook, are provided during the course of the school week in order to improve and refine the boys’ portfolios.
Excitingly, there is an Art and Drama trip to L.A. during the Summer half-term to experience the many galleries and other cultural attractions.
A number of day trips to various art galleries are scheduled throughout the year, these include:
Year 7 to the National Gallery
Year 9 to Tate Britain and Tate Modern
Year 10 have a Private View at Tate Britain and Museum of Brands
Year 12 have various Art and Design talks throughout the year, most recently one by Grayson Perry.