Art was the first cultural experiment that human beings engaged with and to this day, the visual arts define and shape us in everything we do. The aim of the Art and Design Department at Wolverhampton Grammar School is to encourage understanding of the power of the image and to foster skills and creativity in a variety of media, from traditional techniques such as oil painting and print-making, to chemical photography and new technologies such as digital photography, animation and film-making, all based on a strong foundation of observational drawing.
The Department consists of staff who are all accomplished artists in their own right. Art at Wolverhampton Grammar School has been in the top 2% nationally for exam results for over ten years. This is testament to the value that the school places on the creative arts, the expertise and dedication of our specialist teachers and the hard work of our talented students. The school regularly submits entries to the Merchant Taylors’ Photographic Exhibition and other nationally recognised competitions. Furthermore, we host a variety of extra-curricular activities to enhance exposure to culture and the arts.
The Art Department is based in a purpose built building. Constructed in 2007, the art centre includes four large painting studios, as well as access to excellent, specialist equipment including Apple Macs, print-making facilities, digital photography, film making and research areas for art history. A purpose built dark room is also about to be added to the resources on offer. The building also houses a stunning exhibition space; The Viner Gallery – named after Charles Viner (Head of Art at the school from 1942 – 1968).
This dedicated gallery space enables the school to host an extensive programme of exhibitions, showcasing the work of our students alongside practising artists. We also celebrate international talent too with exhibitions from our link school in Uganda – the Lords Meade Vocational College. The annual Summer Exhibition helps complete the full programme of exhibitions. The School also offers regular opportunities to visit major galleries including the National Gallery, the Tate Galleries, the National Portrait Gallery, as well as annual culture visits to cities such as Barcelona, Paris, Venice and New York. Closer to home the students also regularly visit our local galleries and get opportunities to work with artists at the celebrated Jackfield Tile Museum and Ironbridge Fine Art and Framing, both in Shropshire.
Art at Wolverhampton Grammar School is open to all and the school is particularly proud of the way Junior School pupils use the studios to discover art – in everything from tie-die to silk painting, print-making to acrylic on canvas, Kandinsky to Leonardo and Harring to Mondrian.
More people in Britain visit art galleries than go to football matches and the creative industries are growing twice as fast as the rest of the economy. At WGS we prepare our students for careers in an ever changing world and training in the arts promotes creative and critical thinking, collaboration, communication, social confidence and cultural sensitivity. That is why the employability of students who study art disciplines is higher than those who do not, but art is about more than that. It is about identity, empathy, personal expression and freedom of thought; all these things we cherish in the Art Department.
Existing parents can use the Parent Portal to learn more about the curriculum for this discipline.
Prospective parents and students can also contact the School’s Admissions Registrar, Jane Morris by telephone: 01902 421326 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how we teach subjects within this discipline.