Head of Teaching and Learning (Creative Arts): Ms J Moss
Ms C Hambly-Walker – Textiles / Art
Miss M Yazdi
Mrs A Cooper – Technology and Art Technician
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” Pablo Picasso
The Art department is committed to offering a stimulating environment. We set high but achievable standards for pupils’ work and behaviour. The aim is to develop each pupil so that they can reach their full potential. The Art curriculum provides pupils with first hand experiences of working directly from the natural and built environment, human experience and imagination. Pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings.Pupils learn how to deepen subject knowledge and refine subject skills whilst using a variety of media and processes. Activities include drawing from observation, memory and imagination, which contribute to pupils’ developing visual literacy.
The study of art is an integral part of pupils learning which is used to inform and inspire practical work. There are opportunities for pupils to encounter original work through visits to art galleries or working with practising artists, craft workers or designers.Pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently.
All teaching groups are mixed ability at both Key stage 3 and Key stage 4.
The Art Department regularly offers pupils opportunities to work with local artists, designers and photographers. Pupils frequently exhibit work in the local community and in National competitions. We exhibit annually in the following;
- The Towner Gallery Schools exhibition, Eastbourne
- The Royal British Artists National Students exhibition, Pall Mall Galleries, London
- Hassocks Artists Open House trail
- The Purple Carrot Café, Hassocks
- The Health Centre, Hassocks
- Light up Hassocks parade
Additionally there are trips to galleries and museums. The Art Department also offer overseas visits to Paris and Barcelona.
At Key stage 4 art pupils follow the GCSE AQA Fine Art syllabus.
AQA GCSE Fine Art
View of selection of the work completed by students at Downlands in 2015 here Art Department Show 2015
Royal Society of British Artists: We are proud to have several students in 2014 and 2015 showing their work at the National Students’ Art Exhibition in London. Please visit the NSAE website at http://nsae.co.uk/ and go to the History section. Alternatively, you can see their work here:
GCSE Fine Art & Technology Exhibition 2018
Winter Art & Textiles Exhibition 2017
Downlands at the NSAE – RBA 2017
Fine Art, Textiles & Technology Exhibition 2017
Winter Art & Textiles Exhibition 2016
Light Up Hassocks 2016
Student Artwork Gallery