Initially work undertaken during the first year of A’ Level is in response to the human body and as part of this they participate in a Life Drawing workshop run by the Royal Academy of Arts. This leads onto a series of workshop based activities intended to build and extend skills. A diverse range of working methods is explored in response to a wide selection of both contemporary and traditional approaches and artists.
A visit to Margate and the Turner Gallery, prompts further work and a more extensive investigation into human habitats and environments. This requires students to develop a more independent approach, to include more in depth investigations, both practical and contextual, of relevant artists and art movements.
Students select a personal area of investigation, in collaboration with their teacher. This can relate to any aspect of Fine Art. Topics chosen in the past include ‘The Relationship Between Art and Science’; ‘The Influence of Nature on Architecture’; ‘Layers: A Study of Mixed Media Techniques;’ and ‘Pop Art and its Influence on 20th Century Popular Culture’. In addition to researching and developing their own sustained artwork, students carry out research on related designers’ work and must complete an extended essay (the Personal Study) on their findings.