The Art department boasts outstanding examination results year after year, with a history of pupils going on to prestigious art colleges. The atmosphere in the department is conducive to creativity and learning, with an open door policy to encourage pupils to drop in to work on their pieces in any lunch period and after school clubs on offer to all ages. We work in a variety of media, developing experimentation at an early age.
At Greenacre, Textiles is taught as an Art subject rather than as part of a Design and Technology curriculum and this places creativity firmly at the heart of the subject. Technical skills, including sewing machine skills, are fully developed and also pattern and surface decoration, the use of paper and unusual materials such as plastics, garment construction for fashion and costume as well as skills such as paper making, felt making, silk painting, printing, beading, embroidery and knitting. The broad nature of the curriculum, along with a strong emphasis on innovative drawing skills, prepares students for further study within the specialisms of Textiles, Fashion and Costume as well as other Art and Design disciplines such as Graphics, Interior Design or Fine Art.
Every year GCSE students average a grade A in Photography. Pupils have access to our professional photographic studio and camera equipment and we use real world photography projects such as Fashion and Advertising location shoots. Greenacre pupils have won 3 national photography competitions in the last four years including most recently a winning entry and three highly commended entries in the National Gamekeepers Trust Wildlife Photography competition.