Art for Advanced Performance Pupils

Able pupils undertaking the varied disciplines of Art & Design are challenged to the highest levels. Pupils taught Art at Hull Collegiate School are encouraged to view Art & Design not only as a skills based course but as an academic subject requiring a good deal of higher level thinking. The primary focus in Art is to establish strong core skills, specifically in Drawing but quickly developing a wider range of skills including Painting, 3D Sculpture, Mixed Media, Photography, Printmaking and Textiles. Throughout this skill-building period, pupils are encouraged to respond to the work of other artists/practitioners both practically and by means of critical analysis. All pupils have access to 1:1 tutoring and mentoring with the opportunity to work in the Art studio in their free time.

From the beginning of Key stage 3 right through to A level it is expected that pupils learn and use appropriate terminology when responding to, and/or writing about, Art. Writing about Art is an important element of the work undertaken and is a significant component of the A level Art ‘Personal Investigation’. We aim to offer pupils the opportunity to attend trips and visits to London Art exhibitions & galleries, as well as foreign cities such as Barcelona and Berlin known for their artistic and cultural interest, enabling pupils to see Art in a wide range of mediums and contexts. Additionally Year 8 pupils have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a full day of Art- and Technology-based activities on ‘Sustainability Day’, whereby pupils use sustainable materials to make a piece of sustainable Art as just one of the activities they do on this day. We encourage pupils to pursue their creative interests beyond the classroom, with former Sixth Form pupils building ‘greetings cards’ and ‘pet portrait’ businesses.  We aim to provide future pupils who are highly able with many exciting opportunities, for example, more trips and visits, working with local artists and taking part in community arts projects/national art events like the ‘Big Draw’.