More than fifteen years of continuous success, has seen the Art Department of St Margaret’s become one of the best in the South West. The individual is valued above all else: in the early years we aim to train students through well-designed projects that ensure success for each girl, that build confidence and a sense of belonging. Examination courses are marked by an innovative approach to media, and the widest possible use of visual processes enables each girl to find their creative strength. From Year 11 onwards almost all work is negotiated, giving students the opportunity to develop a chosen theme through ambitious personal exploration.
Drawing from observation – observing shape, estimating proportion, line and tone. Colour relationships; acrylic painting in layers. Comenius themed project
Drawing space: negative shape and practical perspective – ellipses, form and volume. Imagination and design: the ‘design process’. Comenius project.
The figure and movement: figures observed for structure and proportion – ‘Dancer Project’ – multiple images. Painted abstractions. Comenius project.
Year 10 and 11: GCSE AQA
Y10: Observation Unit 1: drawing leading to 3D clay – portrait and abstract sculpture. Art Hist Unit 2: study of Picasso leading to oil paint self-portrait.
Y11: Individual Study Unit 3: free choice of material and process from a wide choice of themes. Controlled Test Unit 4: paper given out in February with 4 weeks planning and 10 hours timed final piece.
Controlled Test 40%