At Brentwood School we teach our pupils how to look and mould our pupils into confident, young artists. We pride ourselves at being able to bring out the best in our pupils through a broad range of media. We aim to encourage pupils to appreciate art and create it for themselves. We want as many pupils as possible to take part in and enjoy artistic activities, as well as have opportunities for excellence if they are particularly talented.
The Art Department is located in the Hardy Amies Design Centre, named after the Queen’s costume designer who was a former pupil at the School. We have a large and well-equipped sculpture studio on the ground floor with a Photography studio, dark room and IT suite as well as three kilns, glaze room and a range of printmaking equipment. Upstairs, there are two large and airy open plan art studios with four teaching areas and a multi-media resources room complete with computers, a colour laser printer and scanners. We teach in a multi-disciplinary way, with all staff covering sculpture, drawing and painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography and video within a three-year programme; by the end of this period all pupils should have a broad understanding of all of the main artistic skills.
The Art Department is there to make pupils appreciate contemporary art and encourage them to enjoy visiting art galleries; to appreciate the aesthetic qualities of the world around us. An annual residential trip for our GCSE/A Level/IB Diploma students keeps pupils enthusiastic and motivated; recent visits have included Japan, Venice, Florence, Madrid and New York. We also run weekly after-school art clubs and hold annual art exhibitions showcasing the very best of our pupils’ work.
Art enriches lives - we aim to make the uninspired creative.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend a morning workshop where they will be asked to undertake a series of art activities including a one-hour observational drawing session. They will then participate in a contextual studies activity looking at and writing about their views on art and artists followed by a ‘Working with Colour’ session.
From the workshop a shortlist of candidates will be invited back to an Exhibition Day where the final scholarship students will be selected.
On the day, students will undertake various tasks in the Art rooms including drawings from observation, a contextual studies session and working with colour. There will be plenty of time for discussion throughout the day and refreshments will be provided at break.
Successful candidates will also need to have performed very well in the Entrance Examination in January.