The Art and Photography Department at Finham Park 2 aims to facilitate and develop students potential giving them confidence in their creativity and the skills they possess . The art department is a busy, interactive place with a creative and experimental buzz and aims to impact not only the department but subjects across the school wherever possible!

We have two main art teaching rooms that are fully equipped and well resourced. We have a vast array of tools, media and material available to facilitate inspirational and challenging learning experiences including a Printing press, Silk Screen equipment , Potters Wheels, Ceramic kits, a Kiln, Soldering iron’s , sewing machines and embellishers ( felting) and much more!

In addition to this we have a Digital Photography Room kitted out with 24 Computers all with Photoshop and Adobe Creative Suite . This area also has other technologies to aid digital and light based media learning including graphic tablets and scanners. To ensure students produce top quality work we have a bank of Nikon DSLR cameras for students use, as well as a separate venue in Edwards Keep for our studio lighting, backdrops and other exciting kit! We now also have a dark room, which is an exciting possibility for students and very rare in schools now.

Year 7 and 8

During Year 7 and 8 students have one lesson of Art per week . This allows all students the opportunity to study the subject area and make exceptional progress. Lessons include practical work in many different media , as well as written knowledge and research. Homework covers theory, research and extended creative projects. All homework is recorded on our Frog learning platform.

In Years 7 and 8 all students take part in several topics designed specifically for their upskilling and understanding of artistic concepts and experimentation . Each year group will experience a variety of materials each year and within each topic. Most projects have both a 2d and a 3d outcome, medias covered include drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, assemblage, plaster work, printmaking, photography and digital media to name but a few!

Year 7 Project Titles:

  • Essential Art Skills (The formal elements and skills needed for the upcoming topics)
  • Inspired by nature. (Observation/ Mark-making/ /illustration/ watercolour/ ceramics.)
  • I am what I Own (Still life/Observation /Symbolism & Narrative /Painting Techniques)
  • The Imaginaruim: Pt 1: Imaginative Landscapes ( Landscape/ Colour/ The Fauves)
  • The Imaginaruim: Pt 2: Surrealism ( Drawing/ collage/ photography/ Paint /ceramics)
  • The Imaginaruim: Pt 3:( Imaginative creature 3d /Myth /Steam Punk /Assemblage)
  • Pop My Life! ( Portraiture /Pop art / Mixed media / collage / Digital art /Photography)
  • Abstract it. (Abstract art and Sculpture / Cubism / Hepworth/ Moore )

Enrichment and OOSHL

In addition to the one hour a week students can choose Art Enrichment where larger pieces of art and sculpture are produced. Photography Enrichment  is  also an option, where several photographic projects are undertaken and photographic and digital skills learnt.

The Art department is open most days afterschool for various OOSHL activities in Art, Craft and Photography . A schedule is produced  for this  and there are sessions for all years in Art and Photography. We have had to cap the number on some activities as it has been known to have 70 students sign up  for one class !

Many GCSE students and A level students  work in the department each day afterschool as well as at break and lunch with permission.
We have run several national Art competitions and have been successful in a number of these.
Recently several students completed their Arts Award  as well , and this is something we are looking into continuing further.

GCSE Options

  • GCSE Fine Art ( Art & Design)
  • GCSE Photography and Light based Media

We have had excellent results in Art and Photography with a large proportion of students reaching the top grades of 8 and 9. In a dedicated classroom, GCSE students at first follow a number of workshops and teacher led themes to build skills and become aware of the examination assessment objectives. When student are confident they then begin their own personal themes and personalised coursework separate to each other. This is supported by 1-2-1 mentoring with the teacher. No Coursework or students work is ever the same and it brings a fantastic amount of variety, experimentation, media, themes and personalisation.

A level Options

  • GCSE Fine Art ( Art & Design)
  • GCSE Photography and Light based Media

We have a dedicated Classroom and have excellent Facilities. Excellent 1-2-1 time  and as much mentoring as needed. Students are taught a vast number of workshops which allow them to experiment and stretch themselves by using new materials, equipment and ways of working. They then go on to their personalised topics.


The art department has  run several  trips  and have several more in the planning ( Covid waiting) Many to link in with topics or to demonstrate creative career options. Recent trips include: Barcelona , London Galleries,  New York and Washington. Galleries

Meet the Team

Subject Leader Mrs H Pendergrast
Art & Photography Miss K Ward

Students Work

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