Art and Design at Malvern St James gives pupils exciting and interesting experiences in which to explore their own creativity, while expanding their aesthetic values and knowledge of the work of Artists and Designers, both contemporary and throughout history, from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Art classes are taught in fully equipped specialist studios where a broad based curriculum is offered including painting and drawing, printmaking, ceramics, textiles, computer aided design and photography. Projects are taught through thematic approaches and exploration through media and processes, which equip the student with the opportunities, techniques and processes to explore their feelings and perceptions of the world around them. Workshops and clubs in both the Preparatory Department and at KS3 allow pupils to further experiment and explore their own ideas in a wide variety of genres.
The course structure at GCSE and A level allows students to follow a programme of study in either Fine Art or Textiles, or a combination of both. The School has consistently achieved high GCSE and A level results with all students successfully progressing to some of the top London colleges including Goldsmiths and St Martins. Many students also successfully pursue a career in Architecture. Trips and residential visits allow students at GCSE and A level to study works of art at first hand, gaining valuable drawing experience as well as enjoying the cultural diversity of places such as Barcelona, New York and St Ives.
As part of all A level and GCSE courses, students are given the opportunity to work with practising artists in school, as well as visiting a range of London galleries and exhibitions. Students at A level enjoy the privilege of working in their own permanent studio space, in a dedicated Sixth Form room. In 2014 the department launched the ‘Artist in Residence’ programme. This has allowed talented Art graduates to spend a year in the department working on their own work within the Sixth Form studio and providing stimulation and support for all year groups.
"Art allows you to draw life - capture it with any media that you choose. Oil pastel creates diffuse, furry creatures that gaze into your soul with emotion. Acrylic creates the colours of the rainbow and you can manipulate the shades into whatever you want. Graphite, a tool of a master, etches every vein, muscle and blink. All these give one the Godly power of creation. These tools allow me to express, observe and learn nature’s beauty, man’s discretion and the harmony and conflict between the two." Jess Burden, Year 10
Here is a selection of recent artwork from our A level students.
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