Years 7, 8 and 9
The aim of Art lessons at this level is to stimulate creativity and imagination. The students learn about the formal elements, including line, tone, colour, form and texture using a wide variety of materials, methods and techniques to communicate what they see, think and feel. Through practical activities such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and digital media, the girls learn new skills, how to make aesthetic practical decisions and make informed value judgements. They also learn about artists from contemporary and historical times from different cultures and they explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists and designers.
Years 10 and 11: GCSE
The two year GCSE course covers a range of activities and in-depth assignments, whereby students will have the opportunity to experiment with different materials, equipment, processes and techniques in two and three dimensions and develop visual language skills.
They will learn about drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, digital and alternative media. They will learn how to think creatively and give visual form to individual thoughts, observations, feelings and ideas.
Students gain knowledge and understanding about a range of work from contemporary practice, past practice and different cultures, so that they are able to demonstrate an understanding of continuity and change in art.
The Art Department offers a range of workshops and trips to support the students and help to inspire their creativity.
This course also provides excellent preparation for the International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Course.
Sixth Form: International Baccalaureate
IB Visual Arts
IB Visual Arts is offered at Higher and Standard Level. The Visual Arts Programme is about having an adventurous and enquiring approach to Art and Photography and developing the skill to express it. The course enables students to engage in both practical exploration and artistic production, and in independent contextual, visual and critical investigation. It encourages an active exploration of Visual Arts within the students’ own cultural contexts.
Students will have the opportunity to engage in a diverse range of practices, exploring traditional and contemporary materials, techniques and approaches in two and three dimensions, including both digital and film photography. You can see below some examples of work created by Year 13 students - Evie's Process Portfolio, detailing her thoughts, ideas and inspiration, and Isabel's Exhibition Photographs, along with her Curatioral Rationale.
This course also provides excellent preparation for university applications.
The Art Department offers a range of workshops and trips to support the students and help to inspire their creativity. Students from all year groups are regularly taken to art exhibitions in London and have art workshops either in the galleries, or at school. Artists are invited in, and we have run workshops specialising on textiles, life-drawing, sculpture, painting, and drawing.
Art students are encouraged and supported to enter art competitions. These include the student ‘Royal Academy Summer Show’, the ‘Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Students’ and ‘Portfolio, the Turner Contemporary’s Art Competition’. These competitions want to showcase art’s brightest young stars from schools and having work chosen is a great accolades for school students. Cobham Hall students often have work shortlisted and chosen as prize winners.
“In art and photography, the pupils’ work is excellent.”
Independent Schools’ Inspectorate, February 2015.