At Dover Grammar School for Girls we encourage all students to work to the best of their ability in a relaxed but busy atmosphere in the studios. We like to discuss work in progress, and give individual and group tuition to introduce new ideas or techniques. We encourage class members to support each other, praising otherâ€™s achievements and helping one another. This makes for a very positive and friendly atmosphere in the studios.
At Key Stage 3, girls are introduced to the formal elements of art, line, colour, form, texture, perspective; drawing, painting, printing, textiles and 3D work. They research into the lives of many and varied artists and are given an introduction to their styles of work. Girls are also shown how to link their own art with poetry, literature, music, drama, history and world events.
Students taking GCSE ArtÂ are taken on a visit to Quex Park, Birchington at the end of Year 9, to launch their Year 10 Culture Unit and introduce them to the animals and artefacts collected in Africa.
At Key Stage 4, girls follow the EDUQAS course. They complete a portfolio of coursework (Unit 1, 60% of the marks) and then take a final examination, interpreting themes and starting points set by the Board (Unit 2, 40%). In Year 10 the girls focus their attention on the Arts and Culture of Africa, and will learn about textile techniques and complete several pieces of their own. The second half of the course in Year 10 concentrates on drawing and painting techniques, and each girl will complete a portrait using oil paints.
Students at KS3, KS4 and KS5 are also given the opportunity to work at different venues or with visiting artists and writers as they arise, and take part in different kinds of artistic competitions organised by the school or outside agencies.
Students at KS4 and 5 have the opportunity to exhibit their work, either as part of schoolsâ€™ competitions or in local galleries and National Galleries. They have also had the chance to work with English Heritage and create an exhibition of paintings and photographs featuring Dover Castle. As well as working on a film about the 2nd World War Tables at Dover Castle, made by BBC cameramen and which included both live action and stop-go animation filming.
Each year many of our A level students go on to Foundation courses to continue their art education, or find courses at university which will involve using and developing their artistic knowledge. Every student that applies gets into their first choice of art college or university because of the strength of the contents of their portfolio.