The Art Department has achieved much in recent years and contributed widely to the success of the school.
The department consists of five rooms and is well equipped for general art activities as well as containing specialist facilities for Ceramics, Textiles and Printing. The department also has a suite of computers and a small darkroom.
Art is compulsory in years 7 to 8 and optional in years 9, 10 and 11. Numbers are strong at GCSE with good numbers continuing on to A Level in the sixth form. In addition to timetabled lessons there are lunchtime and after school sessions laid on to aid the progress of the pupils' work. At GCSE there are two gallery based visits organised during the course. We currently follow AQA at GCSE and Eduqas at A level.
Within the Bablake School Art Department we encourage pupils to think inventively, in order to develop visual images and form critical judgements. The department aims to focus upon the individual, encouraging each pupil to gain confidence in their abilities and learn that there are many approaches to Art and Design rather than one right way. We encourage a broad approach to developing an appreciation and understanding of contemporary and historical artistic achievements across a range of cultures and contexts. The results of this approach can be seen around the school in the vibrancy and variety of outcomes.
It is gratifying to see a number of our students embark upon a range of art related degree courses in Architecture, Textiles, Fashion Journalism, Graphic Illustration and Fine Art as well as Art Foundation Courses upon leaving Bablake.
The department believes in creating as many opportunities as possible to foster the visual awareness of pupils and to stretch the abilities of those pupils with an interest or aptitude for the subject. To this end we provide an Art Club at lunchtimes as well as after school activities for exam groups. Workshops are also provided for Sixth form and lower school pupils to work with practising artists.