Art & Design
Appreciation of the Arts is central to life at Warwick School and is encouraged and nurtured in every conceivable way. Indeed Creativity is one of the core tenets of the school’s Values and fostering this basic human urge by studying Art is not only satisfying but also endlessly rewarding. A sure sign of how well Art is supported at Warwick school is just how much of it adorns the walls, corridors and classrooms in the school. It is everywhere and shows the boys’ infinite, joyful curiosity, sense of experimentation, skilful use of materials and, importantly, creativity.
Many students study the subject through GCSE, through A Level and beyond either directly with foundation courses at top Universities or indirectly through related subjects such as Architecture, Product design or Advertising. Boys often submit work to local competitions and exhibitions through Warwick and beyond and enjoy a great deal of success in both.
Head of Department - Mr J Ramsay
The subject is compulsory in Year 7 and Year 8, introducing the students to elements of Art, refining their skills and confidence with materials covering ceramic work, drawing, painting and graphics software.
Many students go one to study Art at GCSE and beyond to A Level as well and enjoy the independence and freedom of choosing their own topic areas to focus on.
We follow the AQA exam board for both qualification with most students opting for the Fine Art endorsement. The Fine Art endorsement allows students to select from a range of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and graphics work. However students with a particular skill or ambition may be entered in separate endorsements including photography or ceramics. Assessment for both GCSE and A Level comprises of a coursework portfolio produced (60%) and an externally set assignment taken at the end or the course (40%). Work is internally marked and externally moderated by the exam board upon completion.
Summer 2018 saw our inaugral 'Discovery Festival' launched with the installation of a boat. Our boys had the opportunity to be involved in creating a kraken, a legendary sea monster. The students were taught how to work with willow as a sculpture medium by visiting Artists, Mark and Rebecca Ford from 'Two Circles Design'.
Watch our amazing time-lapse video showing the creation of the Kraken, sea monster.