The vivid displays of student work around the school demonstrate how important Art is to Harrodian. Self-expression through painting, design, drawing and other media has always been a vital ingredient in the creative and receptive sense of community that defines the special character of our School.
These values and attitudes feed into the way we teach Art. We provide a caring and supportive atmosphere in which students learn to explore their own ideas and develop their creativity. We aim to inspire all students to fulfil their potential, both through examination results and their broader development as artists.
You can now view the GCSE or A Level project work in our online gallery
GCSE and A Level Artwork
The approach has generated a rigorous but informal creative culture in which new ideas – ranging right across Art and Design - can thrive and flourish. Results both at GCSE and A Level are consistently good.
On average seven A Level students choose to study creative subjects when they leave Harrodian. Destinations include London colleges such as Central Saint Martins, Kingston University and City and Guilds, and Oxford Brookes, Brighton, Bournemouth and American colleges such as Parsons School of Design in New York.
Introduction to GCSE and A level
Art and Design A Level and GCSE are both two year courses which develop students’ ability to appreciate the visual world and to respond in a personal and creative way. The courses develop students as creative thinkers, fostering their ability to conceptualise and develop varied skills. Students gain a working knowledge of materials, practices and technology in one or more of the disciplines within Art and Design. They analyse and use sources to inspire their own work and use learnt skills to interpret, convey and synthesise their ideas and feelings through Art and Design.
Art and Design courses enable students to explore a range of two-dimensional, three-dimensional or time-based approaches to their studies. Our teachers come from a broad range of specialist backgrounds including painting, printmaking, graphics and textiles and they encourage students to work and build skills in a multi- and cross-disciplinary way, exploring connections between areas of Art and Design and acquiring knowledge and understanding of the scope of disciplines and approaches.
Students have the choice to develop skills in painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, lens-based image making, advertising, illustration, branding, information design, textiles for interiors, fine art textiles, fashion textiles, spatial design, product design, design crafts and film-based photography.
At the end of each academic year, student work is showcased and celebrated by means of an exhibition in our unique gallery space. You can view some examples here.
Component 1: a personal portfolio of internally set coursework; work undertaken through the two-year course.
Component 2: an externally set assignment. A final exam of 10 hours duration with a unit of preparatory work leading to this.
Two components make up the A level course
Component 1: Personal Investigation and Personal Study (Coursework).
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (Exam).
The Art Department is open for use by pupils during lunch and after school, five days a week
Alongside class work A Level students attend a Life Art class after school once a week to build up their core observation drawing skills.
We arrange regular art trips to exhibitions in London and overseas destinations including the Venice Biennale to inspire and enhance students' learning. There is also a termly visit by an inspirational guest speaker who shares his or her view of Art with the students.
Alongside all this, the Art Department stages and supports activities and events that foster and celebrate interest in art throughout the school. Among them are an art club, regular trips to exhibitions and shows and a programme of events and activities, exhibitions and regular talks and study visits by artists and thinkers.
Head of Art