Visual Arts

Black History Month

Savanna McGilvery

Kike Musa

James Viela Slater

Jaden Henry

Final Art GCSE Exhibition Film

Celebrating Diversity

Our Curriculum

We believe that every person can get better at Art. With the right type of practice and focus, every single student can improve their art skills. Teaching with a strong approach to meta-cognition, whole class direct instruction and the use of deliberate practise our students master drawing, painting and printing. 

Studying Art and design will equip students with the knowledge and skills to developing creative thinking and making skills.  Students will record ideas through photography, drawing, painting, construction and printing. Students develop a detailed understanding of materials, tools, and techniques needed to represent accurate observations of the people and world around them. 

We have a strong curriculum framework that builds on students prior knowledge from year to year, for example in drawing with a grid, using main shapes and understanding perspective. We use clear success criteria to help students plan and use self-evaluation to work confidently.  

We connect practical classwork with that of a wide range of global artists. Student’s knowledge is deepened through learning about artists, art history and the political, social and technological context in which it was made; to create their own artwork with meaning and impact to challenge the world around them. 

Curriculum and Assessment Information for Parents and Carers
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Sixth Form

Arts policy

Royal Academy Young Artists' Summer Show

Examples of A-Level and GCSE coursework

Year 10 and 11 GCSE coursework from 2019/20 that is on display in the Sainburys' window at Forest Hill

Young London Artist's Exhibition 2020

Our Young London Artist's award

The annual A Level art exhibition was a showcase of the highest standards. Students submitted work from dazzling light sculpture, beautifully designed environmental protest banners, film, hand drawn animation, photography and fine art painting and drawing and a cup of Chinese tea!

Students presented creative responses to wide ranging themes exploring historical, political and personal ideas. Talking to judges Phil Ball, award winning Science writer and BBC broadcaster and Kate Wilson, Royal Academy graduate, published author and Head of the Foundation course at Morley College. Winning Student Catalina Rivera produced an amazing installation to celebrate her Grandmother, centre stage was a beautiful oil painted portrait. Mia Budd won runner-up with her hard hitting film and installation about childhood. Pia Houghton-Budd was highly commended for her installation and film. The peoples choice voted by visitors on the night went to Khamin Calliste Black for large scale expressive self-portraits.

We were pleased to have the support of ex-students, current students, parents, governors and teachers. Great thanks to all the staff and teachers who's hard work and committed support with our students made for such a challenging and enriching evening of celebration.

Ms C. Henderson

Curriculum Leader Visual Arts

Visual Arts Staff

A brilliant workshop with Sydenham lens Artist John Russell really inspired our Year 11 GCSE students to get more involved with photography by taking good mobile phone images using recommended apps.

We will be entering the Sydenham Lens photography competition.