The Art Department aims to provide a rewarding and self-revealing exploration of art that should enrich a pupil's life at Lancing. It should also give them a high degree of visual literacy that they will carry into their adult life regardless of whether they propose to follow an artistic career.
We place a strong emphasis on the development of the individual’s visual literacy to enable an understanding of Art as a form of tactile communication, and to have confidence and competence in reading and evaluating visual imagery and artefacts. Art education at Lancing maintains a high level of commitment to fine art, including the exploration of two and three-dimensional approaches through disciplines such as painting, printmaking, and sculpture. More experimental mixed media approaches, textiles and photography are given equal measure and in all dimensions.
Art at Lancing aims to enable and prepare our young artists for the world beyond the College. All our students are encouraged to become visually literate, to be able to use and understand art as a form of tactile communication.
Mrs Kay Blundell
Head of Art
About the Curriculum
This fine art course promotes learning as pupils are introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art media, processes and techniques, through both traditional means and new media.
Pupils will explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales including: drawing and painting, mixed-media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, textiles and photography. Pupils may explore a combination of overlapping areas.
Art pupils are encouraged to arrive with an open mind to the subject. In almost all art activities pupils are required to use independent thought and reasoning skills. The department places great emphasis on the individual and careful analysis of the individual’s progress enables everyone, regardless of aptitude, to be challenged and to work to their strengths.
Portfolio work in the Sixth Form aims to further develop pupils’ skills gained at GCSE as they take complete ownership of their project work; this allows independence and individuality to flourish and prepares pupils for university and beyond.
Pupils will have the opportunity to study work first-hand in galleries, collections or through visits from artists and art historians. These visits will usually support the work of the particular project. Pupils may also be required to make independent visits to galleries during the holidays. The Department organises one visit abroad each year.
The Department offers a number of clubs and activities for pupils, including architecture, photography, life drawing, textiles and ceramics.
For those who wish to specialise, the Department prepares pupils for entry to Foundation courses in Art or for direct entry to the most competitive art degree courses in fine art, art history, graphic design, photography and architecture.