“Creativity takes courage” Henri Matisse
Art & Design Department
The Art and Design Department at Halliford School offers a stimulating environment providing students with the opportunity to develop their skills, express their creative ideas and explore a wide range of materials and techniques.
Students will cover the formal elements of art and design, which include drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture and ceramics. The study of art history and art appreciation are also important elements of the curriculum. Halliford aims to incorporate printmaking, IT and photography within the curriculum going forwards.
Halliford has two large, modern and bright studios which are well resourced. The department has a specialist ceramics studio, which features an electric kiln, a potter’s wheel and a slab roller. The department also has access to two computer suites.
Students can develop their skills further through exciting enrichment opportunities. Students are also encouraged to get involved in Arts events within the school and the wider community.
Each year the department awards Art Scholarships at 11+, 13+ and for entry into Sixth Form. These are based on exceptional drawing skills, a portfolio of work and a demonstration of a passion for Art and Design.
Hallifordians perform consistently well and have used their art and design skills in a wide variety of career choices; being creative can support and enhance any career option. Career paths taken by our A Level students include Fine Art, Graphic Design, Architecture, Industrial Design, Product Design, Modelmaking, and Video & Computer Games Programming.
Creative achievements are celebrated at an annual exhibition open to the public.
Students are offered the opportunity to take part in many trips in and around London. These trips are an opportunity to see internationally acclaimed galleries and museums. These trips have been very successful in previous years and have included visits to the Victoria and Albert Museum, British Museum, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Kew Gardens and Cass Sculpture Park. Students in Year 11 recently visited Kew Gardens where iconic artist Dale Chihuly exhibited his luminous glass artworks within the landscape. This gave students a new perspective to bring back to the studio.
The department runs a dedicated Art Club after school on Wednesday and an Art Scholars Club after school on Thursday each week. Here, students from across the year groups can work on projects linked to their classwork or on more specialist pieces.
Students at Halliford have the opportunity to participate in Young Enterprise. The Young Enterprise programme aims to give all young people the opportunity to gain experience of how business works, understand the role it plays in providing employment and creating prosperity and be inspired to improve their own prospects.
Competitions can create a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the classroom. The department is keen to explore the possibilities of displaying work outside the school and submits work in several local and national competitions.