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Department Staff and Responsibilities
Miss P Walmsley – Teaching and Learning Coordinator
Mrs S Earner – Teacher of Art
Mrs B Moss – Teacher of Art
Linked Governor Miss Jane Seddon
In Art we believe in ‘Anything is possible.’
Art is part of our ‘Bedford Arts’ faculty where we encourage students to combine their Art skills in Dance, Drama and Music.
‘I cannot scream praise high enough for the teachers at Bedford Arts. It is their natural talent for nurturing and growth of self-esteem that has quite literally been life changing for my daughter’. Mrs Downs, (parent of an Arts student at Bedford High School).
Bedford High School is a Gold Artsmark School, Lead Artsmark School, Music Mark and National Theatre Flagship School. The Arts Faculty is composed of Art, Dance, Drama and Music and our united vision is to ‘Bring out the best in everyone through creative thinking and expression’. This statement is at the forefront of everything we do to ensure our students have as many high quality Arts opportunities as possible.
This year our new exhibition space celebrates the success of Bedford Art students at our annual Arts Competition evening. We encourage students to develop their understanding of a wide range of new skills in Art from traditional methods such as painting, drawing, sculpture, printing, textiles but also digital technologies such as animation, photography and photo-manipulation. Students then apply these skills and use their personal interests in Art at GCSE level to support them in becoming excellent art practitioners.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 the department offers students the opportunity to work with a variety of materials and techniques, aiming to develop knowledge and understanding with a particular focus on primary research. Students are encouraged to work in ways that will prepare them for the rigour of GCSE coursework. Working in a style in keeping with coursework also gives students a clear idea of whether they want to choose Art as one of their options.
Key Stage 4
Year 10 and 11 students will be required to use sketchbooks as a means for recording, researching, exploring, developing and documenting ideas. It will be a record of an individual’s observations, experiences, opinions and visual ideas, showing progression in knowledge, understanding and skills. Students are encouraged to work with a variety of materials and techniques, producing prep work in sketchbooks and developing their own ideas towards a final result. The course is based on themes designed to allow maximum opportunity for analysis, creativity and imaginative use of materials and imagery. Diversity of response and an experimental approach is encouraged to enable individuals to express what they see, think and feel in their own way while realising their intentions in the making of artwork.
Daisy Arkwright (Graduated from Bedford High School 2019)
“At Bedford High School, I enjoyed the freedom of drawing and being able to personalise my own work. I am now studying A-level Art, Graphics and Maths at college. I want to study Architecture in the future.”