Art and Design

All students in Years 7 and 8 study Art at HRS, they learn a wide variety of techniques including drawing, painting, printmaking and clay. Students are encouraged to participate in activities within the local community such as designing a front cover for the Dunmow Carnival brochure, alongside other competitions.

Year 7 and 8 homework is set every half term and is project based whereby students move through a historical timeline of ‘Art History’. They are required to produce a practical outcome of their choice relevant to the time period, coupled with a quiz checking their knowledge and a brief image analysis.

From Year 9 we offer the AQA GCSE ‘Art Craft & Design’ course – students study a wide range of skills and techniques, developing their work in response to a variety of themes. The study of Art History and the context in which Art is made is an important part of the course, understanding and appreciating your own work and the work of others is an integral part of our teaching and learning. We run an ‘enrichment’ programme at lunchtime to support students.

A level Art & Design and A Level Photography is offered from Year 12 with Edexcel. The photography department has a well-equipped digital suite and Darkroom. A Level students have their own studio space to work in outside of set lessons.

Trips to galleries are arranged for GCSE and A level students. Visiting artists also run workshops at HRS so students can expand their knowledge and skills in areas such as ink creation, 3D design and painting.

Our team of Art staff is headed by Mrs Duke who is a Fine Art Photographer and enjoys all aspects of ceramics and textile design, she runs the A level Photography course and also teaches KS3, KS4 and KS5 Art. Miss Keens is an Art Historian and Fine Artist, she teaches KS3, KS4 and KS5 Art with Mrs Duke. Mrs Hamilton is our technician for Art and Photography, Mrs Hamilton is interested in all aspects of Art and Photography.

Mrs J Duke Head of Department / Art & Design Photography teacher
Miss T Keens Art & Design teacher
Mrs C Hamilton Art & Photography technician


Year 11 Artwork