Art at Ardingly
The beautiful, bright, spacious Art School houses a large gallery, 4 Studios including a Textiles room, a 6th form teaching room, an extensive art library and IT Suite, a darkroom and kiln room. We have an international reputation, attracting students because of the quality of the art teaching and visitors to the art school have often commented on the impressive space and diverse work displayed within it. The art department has acted as a deciding factor in many creative students ultimately choosing to attend Ardingly.
We encourage all students to discover their personal strengths and offer the following techniques through our teaching;
- Painting - acrylic, oil, watercolour, mixed media
- Printing - lino, silk screen, monoprint, etching
- Textiles - machine stitch, repeat print, fashion, construction
- Ceramics - casting, slab, coil, pots, tiles
- Drawing - life class, charcoal, graphite, ink, line
- ICT - photographic manipulation, stop frame animation, stills
We are always open to fresh ideas and support them fully.
The Edexcel GCSE art course we offer is comprehensive and varied, producing experimental, individual work that is of a high standard. In the Sixth Form we offer both Edexcel A level and the Visual Arts International Baccalaureate courses, taking students on invaluable trips to cities such as Barcelona and Venice to enhance their understanding. We also organise annual visits to London in the Michaelmas Term for all examination students, where the Tate Britain, Turner Prize, V&A and Tate Modern advance everyone’s understanding of a huge range of techniques and ideas. We aim to get the best from our art students by encouraging and supporting them in their very important quest toward becoming a decisive, independent and skilled creative artist.
We aim to extend and enrich all our art students’ knowledge and passion for the arts through a healthy diet of visual stimulus, discussion and practical workshops. Regular Life Drawing Sessions are run for the Sixth Form and technical skills are demonstrated and individuality encouraged in all our students’ bodies of work. We have offered talks from specialists from University Foundation Courses and practicing artists to help our students, and also supported work experience placements. We have successfully advised and prepared many sixth form art students for art foundation and degree interviews and portfolio reviews, gaining places in colleges such as Central Saint Martin’s, Brighton, London College of Fashion, Falmouth, Bournemouth and Epsom to name a few. We have also had a winner in the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts online Student Art Competition in 2010 and annual prize winners in the South of England Young Craftsman Show.
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Art scholarships are available at Ardingly College.
Ardingly College, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6SQ