Martin Sloan, Head of Art at King James’s School say’s:-
The Department aims to create an environment in which students gain a sense of achievement and are encouraged to become involved in the cultural life of both school and community. We strongly believe that being skilled in art is not an inherited talent but gained through formative progression. The Department has a tradition of underpinning all practical work with a critical understanding of both European and World Art. At GCSE & A Level we regularly visit galleries and museums. Cultural trips are organised to London, Liverpool, Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Rome, Barcelona and New York. A big exhibition showcasing the work of GCSE and A Level Art and Photography is held every summer in the Chaloner Hall.
The Art courses are structured to develop students’ understanding of the language of Art and Design through a range of media such as printmaking, painting and ceramics. The Department offers GCSE’S in Fine Art, Art, Craft & Design and Photography. At A Level we deliver Fine Art & Digital Photography. Examination results at GCSE are well above the national average. In fact our A level results in Fine Art and Photography put us in the top 5% of schools in the whole country, including private schools like Eton. Many A Level students’ progress either to a Foundation Course in Art or directly to university courses in their chosen specialism.
Amongst our alumni of students we have scientists and engineers who thank us for the analytical and creative thinking skills they developed. Alongside these we have a wealth of students that work within the creative industries. These include practicing Fine Artists, Portrait Painters, Architects, Fashion Marketers, Photographers, Landscape Designers, Film Makers, Model Makers, Interior Designers, 3D designers and even a LEGO designer!