The art studios at Wycliffe are light and open and provide a stimulating environment that enables pupils to be inspired. The department delivers a Fine Art programme that specialises in drawing, printmaking and painting and has high expectations of its pupils.
In addition to the main studios the facility has a well-stocked art library, Ceramic studio and Darkroom. A computer suite and large format printer gives pupils opportunities to build ambitious digital imagery.
A strong course in year 9 teaches pupils to use a variety of media using the visual elements of line, tone, form, colour and pattern. This leads on to structured courses at GCSE and A Level that encourage pupils to achieve their full potential and the best possible exam results for each individual.
There is a varied activity schedule to enhance learning and we encourage pupils to access the department regularly, to be self-motivated, hardworking and diligent. Contextual links are given depth through regular gallery visits and a series of art history lectures. At A Level this fosters a more thoughtful approach to their studies and allows pupils to enrich their portfolios.
Pupils are taught by experienced tutors with wide subject knowledge and specialisms including ceramics, printmaking, painting and textiles. Practising artist Steven Hubbard exhibits nationally and has had his work selected and exhibited at the RA Summer Show on a number of occasions. Both Alex Norman-Walker and Rose Wordsworth have had success with the Royal West of England Academy Shows.