The College Art Department is a highly successful and thriving area of King William's College. Examination passes are consistently excellent and our students go on to a wide range of further Art education, architecture and design.
Our aim is for students to enjoy themselves and find self-esteem through their creative achievements. Classes are small and students are able to establish a working partnership with their teachers so that both are able to aim for sound, lasting and creative achievements. Our students enter local competitions and exhibitions and also participate in workshops of visiting experts. We arrange gallery visits off Island, with next year's trip being to New York.
The College Art Department operates in four venues: a large studio; an art room; a ceramic's studio; and a photography suite. There are two members of staff. Art in the lower school is designed to stimulate student's imagination and to help them acquire a wide variety of skills. Attention is also paid to the development of critical and historical knowledge.
The lower school years prepare our students for the challenge set by the unendorsed Art syllabus of AQA. The course offers a range of possible choices, techniques and media. At King William's College, we work in a variety of two-dimensional media, sculptural form and ceramics. Students are taught to develop work painting in oils watercolor and acrylics, ceramics and printmaking. Photography is run as a discrete GCSE and has become a popular option in fifth form with students working in film and digital photography.
At sixth form level (Years 12 and 13), we offer the IB Diploma programme in the Visual Arts. This is a challenging and exciting course that allows students to develop personal skills and work in a variety of media from painting and sculpture to photography.