The Art Department teaches an internally designed course throughout the lower school, which leads on to AQA GCSE Fine Art for those pupils who elect to study Art further. In the Sixth Form the Art Department offers Fine Art A Level (Edexcel) as a two-year linear course. The Head of Department is Ms. Liz Stebbings, who has been in post since 2010. Art lessons are taught in a suite of beautiful classrooms on the top floor of the Friarage Building, which have the advantage of excellent natural light, and the space include the newly converted Attic Studio, which is used by the Sixth Form Art Students only.
Art and Design at Yarm has a vibrant and valuable place in the life of the school; its energetic and creative approach motivates pupils of all ages and abilities. Life in the Art Department is both busy and rewarding – staff and pupils engage extremely positively in what is a happy, structured and creative environment. We strive to ensure that the department is a stimulating and caring place where each child is encouraged to develop and reach their creative potential.
The department is Fine Art orientated, with an emphasis on drawing, painting and art history. Beyond these traditional approaches, we also aim to incorporate different media into our schemes of work, such as print, surface pattern/textiles and 3D work, using clay and other media. Computers enable sophisticated image manipulation and graphic work for GCSE and A Level work. We encourage a considered individual response to topics, whilst still recognising the importance of developing a strong foundation in drawing and painting. The A Level studio emulates an Art School environment and many of our A Level Art students continue to study Art and Design at University. Our Art Alumni include many Architects, Interior Designers, Fashion and Textiles Designers, Marketing Executives and Stage Set Designer. One of our recent students now has a coveted role as part of the exclusive Design Team for Aston Martin.
Art enables the individual to understand the language of aesthetics, allowing us to create and evaluate our own work and relate this to the work of other artists and cultures, both past and present. It is not possible to categorise Art in a simple way. It is necessary to appreciate that this subject area deals in qualities that are unique: the creation of visual forms contributes significantly to pupils’ cognitive and perceptual growth. Gallery visits, workshops and visiting artists are some of the enrichment activities made available to pupils and their stunning work is exhibited around the school.