Art & Design
Year 7 and 8
In Years 7 and 8, students will improve their foundation skills in both Art and Design, as well as being introduced to a wider range of artists and work from other times and cultures. They also have the opportunity to work with various media and to produce 2D and 3D pieces based on different topics. Recent projects have included Book Illustration, The Art of Japan, Comic Book Design and Pop Art and Packaging Design.
Years 9 - 11
In Year 9 students can opt for GCSE Art and Design, following the Edexcel syllabus. We structure this course so that in their first year, students complete a printmaking unit, a three dimensional/sculptural unit and a two-dimensional/mixed media unit of coursework. In Year 10 students will further develop these skills, working with more challenging processes and materials. In Year 11, having been taught the foundation skills in Years 9 and10, students are then given more freedom of choice and work from a thematic starting point. During this year they will produce an indepth contextual project on an artist or artists and also sit the 10 hour mock and final exams. The course is made up of 60% coursework and 40% externally set assignment.
We offer many extra-curricular activities; art club is held weekly as well as coursework catch up sessions and students are welcome at any time in the department to do work of their own. Annual trips are arranged for all exam groups and Queensbury Academy students and staff are regular visitors to many of the London Galleries and Museums. During their time in the sixth form, students also take part in life drawing classes which further helps them develop their drawing and observational skills.
“Every Child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso
At A Level we take the Edexcel Art and Design examination and encourage students to further develop the skills covered at GCSE Level. The two years spent in the Sixth Form are when our students develop their individuality and personal strengths. A large number then gain places on Foundation and Degree Courses, either at local Art colleges or in London or further afield. Students opting for our subject know that we have high expectations of them and they are keen to meet the challenge.