Our aim is to simultaneously combine creativity with enjoyment. Art and Design in Years 6, 7 and 8 focuses on the acquisition of skills, whereas Year 9 aims to consolidate these skills whilst allowing the exploration of personal thoughts and values. Boys studying Art should want to experience a wide range of materials, and should take a natural interest in the way that artists and designers work.
Studying Art at this level is a great way to understand and develop skills in independent learning, allowing for more personal ideas to be explored. This course is designed to prepare students for the new GCSE courses, where there is a clear focus on quality rather than quantity.
Our A Level course structure allows a natural progression of study from any GCSE route previously studied, regardless of exam board, specialism or former experience. Fine Art is the typical A Level studied by pupils who have completed their GCSE here at Loughborough Grammar School. It is suited to those with a desire for creativity, concepts, personal expression and both traditional and/or contemporary media. We also offer the Art, Craft and Design A Level course. This allows for mixed areas of study for those who have broad interests and may wish to combine creative disciplines. There is no restriction on the combination of disciplines studies, thus allowing for a fully flexible course to suit individual needs and interests. Anybody with a passion for Art History should consult with the Art staff, because OCR’s A Level Critical and Contextual course could be offered which is a creative approach to the learning of Art History.
A full range of disciplines are taught including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, dark room skills, sculpture, conceptual art, new media and installation. Art History is integral to both courses and is developed and studied in an individualised way to strengthen conceptual understanding of your chosen specialism. All work is presented in our end-of-year exhibition for assessment and moderation, which is a much-anticipated highlight of the school year.
Lessons are delivered in our dedicated Sixth Form studios. Each Art pupil is assigned their own large studio space which is used for both the production of and display of their work. Pupils have access to their space at all times outside of their timetabled lessons, including some scheduled weekend and half-term study days. The Art Department has their own A3 colour printer, scanner and digital SLR cameras. The building benefits from a dark room and purpose-built photography studio with lighting equipment, tripods and backdrops. We have two full-size kilns and strong links with the Design and Technology Department which expands the opportunities available to our pupils, including the use of a laser cutter and 3D printer