Beyond the Classroom

Giving students the skills and knowledge to create personal and imaginative work

The Art Department at Roedean is a busy and energetic hub of creativity, where girls are encouraged to experiment and explore their ideas.

The result of this approach is seen in the girls’ diverse and truly creative work.

Students in Years 7 to 9 become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design. In lessons, the girls gain knowledge of great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of art. Co-curricular clubs and workshops allow the girls to explore their ideas through traditional and new media.

In the GCSE Course, girls become familiar with a range of creative processes, including printmaking, sculpture and three-dimensional media, textiles, fashion design and lens-based media.

The Art Department offers a range of courses to allow our students to tailor their A Level Art experience towards a broad range of Higher Education courses and exciting creative careers. Offering Art, Photography and Textiles, as well as a Foundation Art, Design and Media BTEC, our Art students have gone on to a range of destinations and careers, such as Architecture, Fashion, and Product Design at Central St Martins.

Co-Curricular Art Club

Sixth Form trip to Charleston House

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Art Lesson

Sixth Form trip to Barcelona

Practical curriculum lessons are supported by a range of supra curriculuar courses, workshops, life drawing classes, artist-led workshops and trips.

Trips during this academic year have included a Sixth Form trip to Barcelona, GCSE trips to Tate Modern and Charleston House and Bip printmaking.

Sixth Form sketchbook task

Year 7 Textiles project

Year 13 Artwork

Year 13 Oil painting

Betty – Art and Architecture

“The art department have always been really supportive of my interests, in terms of exposing me to a variety of materials and techniques.”

Megan – Product and Industrial Design at Central St Martin’s

Congratulations to Megan, who has achieved A*AAA in Art, Maths, Physics, and Russian, as well as an A* in the Extended Project Qualification. She is talented in a range of fields, but has chosen to pursue Product and Industrial Design at Central St Martin’s, which is regularly ranked number 1 in the world for creative arts courses. ‘I am really excited to go to a specialist art college in London. I’m glad everything came together in the end, and it’s great to see all my friends doing so well. It’s a lovely way to round off our school careers!’

Shot and edited by Alissandra, Year 13, watch this video of the Barcelona Art Trip through the eyes of the students


*The music of this short film has been altered due to copyright reasons