Art & Design

The Drama and Art building at Queen’s College offers some of the best facilities in the South West. The spacious, superbly lit studios offer specialist teaching facilities for fine art, printmaking, photography, textiles and ceramics. There are also well-equipped rooms for GCSE pupils whilst each A Level pupil has their own exhibition and working space.

Head of Department, Rebecca Cade, Teachers of Art, Laura Burgoyne and Sandra Spall, and the Art Technician, Alison Luisi, have specialisms in textiles, painting, printing, ceramics and mixed media, and are all practising artists.

Each member of staff is extremely experienced and enthusiastic, encouraging the pupils to be innovative, creative and experimental in a wide range of media. 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.

The pupils' artwork is displayed all around the campus, and if you visit Queen’s College you will see many examples of stunning and adventurous projects and exhibitions. There are excursions to art galleries such as the Saatchi Gallery, Royal Academy, Tate Modern and Tate Britain. We have also visited sculpture parks and National Trust properties as well as residential trips to St Ives, Venice, New York, Barcelona and Paris, which helped inspire the pupils in their work. In addition, we arrange workshops with practising artists, working in a variety of disciplines to help inspire the pupils to explore new techniques.

There is also an annual exhibition, featuring work from senior year groups held during the Summer Term, however visitors to the Art department coming at any time of year are extremely welcome and will see a vast array of creative work displayed in a variety of mediums.  

Many pupils have progressed from A Level to study creative subjects at a variety of institutions, including Central Saint Martins, Kingston, Falmouth, Edinburgh and Glasgow. We are incredibly proud of all our pupils and their achievements to date, at Queen's and beyond.

TEXTILES

Textiles is a well-established and exciting course which has been introduced to offer pupils the opportunity to gain the essential skills required to pursue a career path within the textiles, fashion and other creative industries. The most essential requirement of the course is a passion for the subject and a desire to explore the creative and expressive use of materials. Students study methodologies with emphasis placed on innovation and experimentation inspired by contemporary textiles.

The A Level course builds upon knowledge, understanding and the development of skills through research, drawing, design development and critical and contextual understanding. You will generate practical work, ideas and research from primary and contextual sources and then present your outcomes based on themes developed from personal starting points. In the second year of the course there are two-linked elements, each with separate final outcomes – practical work and personal study.

The development of these is shown through supporting studies; your innovation and creativity will be essential as will be your own, strong, personal identity. The externally set assessment is again based on one broad-based thematic starting point and plenty of guidance is given to you through the preparatory period.

A Level Textiles opens the door to further and higher education and leads to careers in textile, fashion, interior and jewellery design, photographic and fashion styling, fashion prediction, fashion illustration and costume design.

The Art Department also runs many co-curricular activities after school and at weekends such as fashion clubs and the studios are generally a hive of activity. There is an annual art exhibition, featuring work from senior year groups held during the Summer Term. However visitors to the Art department coming at any time of year are extremely welcome and will see a vast array of creative work displayed in a variety of mediums.

The pupils' artwork is displayed all around the campus, and if you visit Queen’s College you will see many examples of stunning and adventurous projects and exhibitions. There are excursions to art galleries such as the Saatchi Gallery, Royal Academy, Tate Modern and Tate Britain. We have also visited sculpture parks and  National Trust properties as well as residential trips to St Ives, Venice, New York, Barcelona and Paris, which helped inspire the pupils in their work. In addition, we arrange workshops with practising artists, working in a variety of disciplines to help inspire the pupils to explore new techniques.

There is also an annual exhibition, featuring work from senior year groups held during the Summer Term however visitors to the Art department coming at any time of year are extremely welcome and will see a vast array of creative work displayed in a variety of mediums.  

Many of our pupils have progressed from A Level to study creative subjects at a variety of institutions, including Central Saint Martins, Kingston, Falmouth, Edinburgh and Glasgow. We are incredibly proud of all our pupils and their achievements to date, at Queen's and beyond.

PHOTOGRAPHY

As a Photography pupil, you will be involved in personal enquiry and expression involving the selection and manipulation of images. You will employ creative approaches which go far beyond mere observation and recording. Digital Photography is taken to another level and experimenting with what you create is essential.

The wide range of applications and relevance to many areas of study make this an excellent course if you either wish to add a creative subject to your Sixth Form curriculum or wish to broaden your art-based studies.

During the year, you will generate your own individual portfolios of work, working both on location and on studio shots, and complete an externally set assignment near the beginning of the Summer Term.

During the A Level course, you have the opportunity to generate practical work, ideas and research from primary and contextual sources, then to present your outcomes, based on themes developed from personal starting points. During the second year, coursework incorporates two linked elements, each with separate final outcomes – practical work and personal study. The development for both these is demonstrated through supporting studies.

The externally set assessment is the culmination of the A2 course. It has a broad-based thematic starting point and there is plenty of guidance during the preparatory period.

Photography 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 you in your work.

There is also an annual exhibition, featuring work from senior year groups held during the Summer Term however visitors to the Art department coming at any time of year are extremely welcome and will see a vast array of creative work displayed in a variety of mediums.

Many of our pupils have progressed from A Level to study creative subjects at a variety of institutions, including Central Saint Martins, Kingston, Falmouth, Edinburgh and Glasgow. We are incredibly proud of all our pupils and their achievements to date, at Queen's and beyond. 

Art Scholarships

We offer scholarships and awards to pupils who are gifted in Art in the Sixth Form - for further information please CLICK HERE.

Examples of Students’ Work

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contact@queenscollege.org.uk

© 2016 - 2019 QUEEN’S COLLEGE, TRULL ROAD, TAUNTON, SOMERSET TA1 4QS

Methodist Independent Schools Trust

Registered Office: Methodist Church House. 25 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5JR

Charity No. 1142794. Company No. 7649422