The Drama and Art building at Queen’s College offers some of the best facilities in the South West. The spacious, brilliantly lit studios offer specialist teaching facilities for Fine Art, printmaking, fashion and textiles. There are also well-equipped rooms for GCSE pupils and every A Level student has their own exhibition and working space.
The results for Art in the past few years for both GCSE and A Level have been exceptional. Head of Department, Claire Western, is a well-established painter and other members of the department have specialisms in fashion and textiles. All the staff are extremely experienced and enthusiastic and encourage the pupils to be innovative, push the boundaries, be creative and experiment in a wide range of media. Teaching is superb. Termly story-boards for each year group are created by every member of staff with visual representation, creative ideas and material suggestions so that every pupil is clear as to what they will achieve within set time frames.
Art is displayed all around the campus and if you visit Queen’s College you will see many examples of stunning and adventurous projects and exhibits. There are regular excursions to art galleries such as the Saatchi and Tate Modern in London and St Ives, sculpture parks and to the National Trust as well as international art trips to Venice, Barcelona, Paris and New York which help inspire the students in their work. In addition, workshops with working artists are held in school. The ten-day Quartz Festival, where professional artists, sculptures, jewellery makers and ceramicists from all over the South West gather to exhibit, enables our pupils to see first-hand working artists.