Art enjoys a high profile here at Thornton College. Students of all ages love the subject and their enthusiasm and enjoyment is reflected in the quality and ingenuity of their work which is prominently displayed throughout the school.
We recognise that students learn in different ways, so girls are encouraged to explore and express their individual creativity in a variety of media, working independently or in small groups.
They have the opportunity to experience working in a wide range of materials and methods in two and three dimensions. These include drawing, painting, collage, paper mache, sculpture, textile design, heat transfer printing, printmaking and photography. Increasing use is made of ICT to extend and develop ideas.
The department firmly believes in the value of learning outside the classroom and seeks every opportunity to expose students to Art and Culture at local, national and international levels. In the course of the year each class will visit a major exhibition, gallery or museum as part of their curriculum. We are close enough to Buckingham and Milton Keynes to be able to visit local exhibitions within class time.
Art lessons in Years 7, 8 and 9 consist of a double period of one and a half hours per week, whilst GCSE Art students in Years 10 and 11 have two and a quarter hours per week. We follow the Edexcel Syllabus for GCSE. A level options and provision is detailed in the Sixth Form section.
Students throughout the senior school are welcomed to Art Clubs. Years 7-9 meet on Monday lunchtime, while GCSE students have access to the Art room on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes, and after school. Special weekend workshops are also arranged for GCSE students.