Sackville School

Art and Design

Art and Design is a subject where many of our students find fulfilment in expressing and communicating their ideas and emotions using visual language. 

The Art department aims to inspire and equip students with the skills, understanding and confidence to create meaningful and well-crafted images and objects. Students have access to a wide range of facilities to develop their skills in drawing, painting, print-making, sculpture, textiles and photography.  Students also have access to PC's and an IMac with a drawing tablet and animation software. We place high priority on exhibiting students work throughout the school and run regular out of school visits, competitions and lunch time clubs. 

Students in Year 7 develop key practical skills and an understanding of the processes involved in making artistic images and objects. The current theme of study is portraiture and students create drawings, photographs, paintings, prints, animations and sculptures during the year. Year 8 students focus on the theme of 'animals in art' and study the role of artists and designers in commercial contexts including film, graphic design, model making and photography. Year 9 students get a taste of what is involved in the GCSE course and projects vary each year but usually include a visit from a professional artist and a trip that links directly with classwork. Year 9 students also have an exhibition of their work at Christmas time.

Many students select Art and Design at GCSE level and we currently offer four AQA Art and Design courses. These include Fine Art, Textile Design, Photography and Graphic Communication. Students usually achieve high grades at GCSE level and many go on to study Art and Design at a higher level. 

We also offer Fine Art and Photography at A level. These challenging courses build upon the students’ achievement at GCSE level and prepare them for higher level courses in Art and Design. Students are provided with a designated A level art studio and have access to the art room outside of their normal lessons.

You can see examples of work from our students by clicking on the link below.