The Creative Arts
ART & DESIGN
Art is encouraged at all levels at the School. The well-equipped Art Department gives pupils of all ages opportunities to explore the different disciplines and express their creative talents to the full. A broad-based visual education is encouraged in Art and pupils move between drawing, painting and printmaking into pottery and three-dimensional work, fabric printing, silk painting and fine art textile design. Art is a form subject and exhibitions of pupils’ work are held regularly.
Pupils of all ages are encouraged to participate in Drama. All Drama activities aim to build pupils’ confidence as well as giving them a technical grounding in acting and communication. Drama is taught in the Lower and Senior School and there is at least one School production each year involving all of the pupils. Scenery is painted by the Art department and the lighting and sound equipment are of a high standard. Parents and friends are invited to all drama presentations.
Lessons take place in a professionally constructed studio, providing a specialized sprung floor for dance, ballet and all aspects of the Performing Arts.
A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies, as well as A-Level Performance Studies, are available.
All pupils in the Preparatory Department are taught Music by a specialist. Class lessons include considerable emphasis on singing and interactive activities. Pupils explore the key concepts of pitch and rhythm through a variety of practical tasks using classroom percussion instruments.
They are introduced to orchestral instruments through demonstration and musical stories written for young people to be able to identify them by sight and timbre.
Instrumental lessons are available from Visiting Music Teachers. Pupils are regularly entered for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College London practical and theory examinations.
Pupils study Textiles and Food with a specialist teacher. Classes consist of both theory and practical lessons, which are timetabled for a double period each week (1hour 10 minutes).
In the textile lessons pupils look at a variety of hand techniques developing their design skills along with hand – eye coordination and fine motor skills. Projects include binka mats, bookmarks, simple bags, photograph frames and monograms. Theory topics include looking at several types of embroidery stitches, methods of fabric construction and fabric decoration.
In food lessons pupils study in a purpose built kitchen following a programme which will enable them to produce nutritious and appealing dishes as part of a healthy diet. Work will include the safe handling of kitchen equipment including knives, hot pans and the safe use of the cooker.
Topics of study include Methods of Cooking, Food Hygiene, Snack Foods, World Foods, Healthy eating, Dietary Related Health Problems and Nutritional needs. Pupils will make a variety of dishes beginning with simple salads & smoothies and moving on to cooking dishes such as bolognaise using meat, homemade burgers and simple pastry dishes.