Encouraging students to develop the broader dimensions of their education.
Art students at West Buckland enjoy some of the most outstanding facilities in the South West of England and even beyond.
The art departments ethos is to focus on the individual. Through discussion and critiques students are encouraged and supported to follow their ideas through to personal and mature outcomes. Sixth Form students have open access to their own studio and art library.
The stunning 150 Building opened in 2010 and the design of the department has been produced by specialists who understand fully the needs of art students in the 21st century.
The facilities enable the department to offer painting, sculpture and mixed media but also new opportunities in print, ceramics and photography, both digital and traditional.
Visits and residentials are an important part of the syllabus and we make regular trips to galleries in London and the Tate in St. Ives. Our art residentials have included trips to Wales and Cornwall where students in the Sixth Form live and work as artists creating exciting and dynamic work.
We are also one of the few schools to have an Artist in Residence who, as well as working on their own pieces, provides additional guidance, support and inspiration to students.
The department is generally open during the conventional working day as well as after school and boarding students who study at GCSE level and above have access to an art studio at the weekends.