Head of Department: Miss S Ogden
The Art Department at West Kirby Grammar School consists of three teachers, who are all subject specialists and a part time technician. At Key Stage 3, students study art for two lessons a week in Year 7 and one lesson a week in Years 8 and 9. They develop their artistic knowledge and skills using a sketchbook. In lessons, they learn techniques in drawing, colour theory, painting, collage, textiles, wire sculpture and graphics.
We offer three GCSE courses of Fine Art, Textile Design and Graphic Communication, which are popular option choices usually consisting of two fine art groups, one to two textile groups and one graphic communication. These courses offer the development of specialist skills, which can lead to building knowledge and skills for design related careers.
At A-level, we offer Fine Art and Textile Design, with both subjects developing work through a themed coursework portfolio. A personal investigative study enables students to develop their own interests at A-level.
We have achieved excellent public examination results with GCSE 96% A - B. At A-level, we have achieved 100% pass rate at A - B for the last two years. The department is open plan with four classrooms and a gallery space.
We celebrate our students’ work with an annual art exhibition and fashion show at the end of the year. Work has been exhibited at local restaurants and cafes. Trips have included the Walker Art Gallery and the Tate Liverpool with links with Textiles (Technology) to the Clothes Show.