Please click here to see a selection of work from our Art Exhibition 2013
The department is by run by Mrs G Woods and supported by Miss M Dreiser.
The department offers a broad based curriculum in Art, Craft and Design that provides students with the opportunity to work in both two and three dimensions and across a wide range of media, techniques and processes.
Projects draw on student’s personal experiences, their immediate surroundings, first-hand observation and their own imaginations.
Key Stage 3
Term 1 Teaching is structured around the delivery of the Basic Elements of Art and Design; Line, Tone, Form, Colour, Pattern and Texture. Students are made aware
Term 2 Introducing the Title of Fantastical and Strange, students work from the theme of Fauna to explore the shapes, patterns and colours of different creatures. They complete drawings from secondary sources and produce a range of creative and imaginative ideas for a 'hybrid' creature heads. This is a 3D project and additionally it is a recycling project, final 3D heads are constructed from found materials and painted. Classwork is supported by a 4-6 week homework task to produce a creature made entirely from re-cycled materials
Term 3 The theme of the term is Landscape and in this unit students are encouraged to explore a diverse range of work from different artists who have been
Term 1 Introducing the title of either Flora(flower heads) or Fauna (insects and bugs) students' work from images and objects to produce creative and imaginative ideas on one of the two themes. The development of high quality drawing skills is a focus and work developed from these studies explores, colour, texture and form. Final outcomes
Term 2 The theme of this unit is Still-Life and using groups of objects, students are taught about the construction of different forms. Work produced includes detailed
Term 3 During this term students work from the theme of The Figure. Work produced includes observational drawing, the development of imaginative ideas based on
During this year Art and Design become part of the 'Art and Technology Tumble' and the yearis broken down into five week blocks that follow all areas of Technology as
Unit one - Drawing and relief print-making.
Unit two – Designing and making clay masks.
Unit three – Creating and experimenting through drawing.
Key Stage 4
Examination Board: Edexcel
Controlled assessment: 60%.
The GCSE Art course offered provides students with a wide range of exciting and stimulating creative opportunities
The Unendorsed Course in Art and Design, allows students to work in a broad range of 2D and/or 3D processes including new media and technologies. There is a
ART and DESIGN (FINE ART) including
DRAWING/PAINTING, MIXED MEDIA, SCULPTURE, LAND ART, PRINTMAKING, LENS or LIGHT BASED MEDIA
ART and DESIGN (PHOTOGRAPHY) including
THEME BASED PHOTOGRAPHY, EXPERIMENTAL IMAGERY, NEW MEDIA PRACTICE
ART and DESIGN (3D DESIGN) including
CERAMICS, SCULPTURE, BODY ADORNMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL ART, ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
ART and DESIGN (GRAPHICS) including
ILLUSTRATION, COMPUTER GRAPHICS, LENS or LIGHT BASED MEDIA, ADVERTISING
ART and DESIGN (Textiles) including
PRINTED and/or DYED FABRICS, CONSTRUCTED and/or STITCHED or EMBELLISHED TEXTILES, FASHION or COSTUME
CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT ( formally - coursework) : During the GCSE course, students will complete two units of work including various
Key Stage 5
Examination Board: Edexcel
Students study an Un-Endorsed GCE in Art and Design. Within this general course they will cover aspects of Fine Art including; sculpture, drawing and painting and print-making, 3D design, Textiles, Photography and Graphic Design. They can choose to specialise in one particular discipline or alternatively, to work across a range of
The full A level consists of 4 units of work:
AS – Unit 1
AS – Unit 2
A2 – Unit 3
A2 – Unit 4
Resources The department is very well resourced with two dedicated rooms together with a sixth-form study area. There is excellent access to IT, including computer work stations, digital cameras, image manipulation software, two data projectors and graphics tablets.
The department is well stocked with visual resources and a wide collection of reference books. (The library additionally has an excellent collection of art books.) Both rooms are set up for 3D and 2D work, including print-making, clay, plaster, paint and mixed-media.
Extra Curricular The department offers two weekly Art clubs providing students with opportunities to complete homework, to develop and/or complete class-work or to work on self-directed projects.
Visits At the very start of year 9, all students visit the BritishMuseum to gather first-hand research. Based on the theme of “Other Worlds”, they work across three design projects including drawing, print making and clay. This is an excellent opportunity for the students to get involved in the resourcing of their project and to discover the wealth of artefacts available to them from across the globe.
The department runs a biennial trip to New York for Key Stage 4 and 5. This includes visits to the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim and cultural highlights such as Ellis Island, the ChryslerBuilding and a sporting event such as ice hockey.
We also take part in a creative lectures programme at the Institute of Education which has , over the past few years, included talks by Anthony Gormley, Cornelia Parker and Quentin Blake.
In addition to this, the department exhibits work each summer at the Mall Galleries as part of The National Students’ Art Competition.
- Upcoming Events
Art trip to New York
Yr 9 Spanish trip to Madrid
Senior Hockey Tour to Holland
RS trip to Amsterdam
Yr 9 Spanish trip to Madrid
Art trip to New York
Senior Hockey tour to Holland
Scuba Diving Trip to Malta
Art trip to New York
27.10.2014 - 31.10.2014
- WBGS QUIZ NIGHT
The WBGS Quiz NightHosted by: Susie BeatSaturday 22 November7.00pm – 10.15pmMain School HallFor more information and to book your tickets please click here
- Friends AGM
The Friends will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Wed 12 Nov at 8pm in Room L1. Everyone is welcome.
For a copy of the Agenda please click here
The current Chair and Secretary are stepping down this year and we are hoping to elect a new Chair and Secretary at the meeting. If you are interested in taking up either role and would like more information, please contact the current chair Cheryl Kent on email@example.com.
For general information about the Friends of WBGS please click here
- 6th Form Open Evening
SIXTH FORM ENTRYWed 22 Oct 3-5pm
Our Sixth Form students work in a challenging intellectual environment and we offer a wide range of courses, with opportunities to engage in many extra-curricular activities. Examination results are outstanding. A limited number of places will be available at each school for September 2015. The Acting Headmaster will speak at 4.30pm. For application information and forms please visit our Admissions page.
The Sixth Form Prospectus is available here
Please note there are no parking facilities on site.
- Xmas Competition
Is your son a budding designer? Would he like to have his creations displayed at a festival?
We are asking all boys in year 7 - 9 to come up with Christmas tree decorations that reflect the aims and purposes of our school. The best decorations will be made and displayed at the festival at St Mary's Church in December.
All decoration ideas must come to Mrs Charlton or Mrs Woods by 3rd November 2014.
Good luck and happy designing!
Use our online payment system to view your child's balance or make dinner money top-ups or other payments quickly and easily.
To use ParentPay please click here
- WBGS Family Draw
Congratulations to the holder of ticket no. 03 – you are last term's Family Draw Winner!!!
The WBGS Family Draw has been set up specifically to help support the students lunch-time and after-school clubs. For as little as £25 per year you would be helping to support over 50 such clubs each year and, if that's not enough, you could be in with a chance of winning a cash prize yourself each term!!!
For more information and for an application form please click here.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT & GOOD LUCK!!!
- School Shop
The School Shop is open by appointment only during term-time, week-days. Please email us if you wish to make an appointment to visit the School Shop.
The Shop sells the following items:
- Good quality second hand uniform and sports kit or suits for Sixth Form students
- GCSE and A Level study guides
- Limited Edition WBGS Monopoly sets
- WBGS Christmas Cards
- WBGS Ultimate Christmas Puddings
We would be delighted to have any good quality uniform and suit/s for our School Shop. Please note, we only accept items which are washed and ironed. We would also be happy to take any GCSE/A Level revision guides your son/s no longer need. Please bring everything in bags marked School Shop to the School Reception at you own convenience.
- The Gym
Get your body & wallet fit at
with our no joining fee membership!!!
exclusively to Parents & Old Boys of Watford Grammar School for Boys
For more information about The Gym and our amazing £20 a month (plus VAT) membership please email or call 01923 208900
For a Gym Membership Application Form please click here
For a Membership Standing Order Mandate please click here
For Gym Membership Terms & Conditions please click here
For Opening Times please click here
- Options Booklets
- New Yoga Classes
Dynamic Yoga classes at WBGS Sixth Form Centre every Tuesday (7.15 - 8.30pm) and Wednesday (7.30 - 8.45pm) evening starting from September.
Develop Strength, Flexibility and a Calm Mind.
NB Tuesday classes focus on Improving performance in sport
FREE TRIAL CLASS on TUES 9 SEPT or WED 10 SEPT
To book your free trial and for more information please contact Linda Rafferty
- Fathers' Book Club
The next meeting of the Fathers’ Book Club will be on Tuesday 7th November at 7pm in the Clarendon Muse when we will be discussing Farewell my Lovely by Raymond Chandler, with Killshot by Elmore Leonard as an additional read for those who like to do extension work…
All fathers (and non-fathers) welcome!!!
- Head's newsletter
For a copy of the latest Headmaster's Newsletter please click here
- Term Dates 2014-15
SUMMER TERM 2014Tue 22 April Start of termMon 26 May - Fri 30 May (half term)Thur 19 June INSET dayFri 18 July Last day of termAUTUMN TERM 2014Mon 1 Sept INSET dayTue 2 Sept Start of term - Induction day for L6/Year 7Wed 3 Sept Start of term - rest of schoolThur 18 Sept INSET dayFri 24 Oct Occasional DayMon 27 Oct- Fri 31 Oct (Autumn half term)Fri 19 Dec Last day of termSPRING TERM 2015Mon 5 Jan INSET dayTue 6 Jan Start of termMon16 Feb - Fri 20 Feb (half term)Thur 2 April Last day of termSUMMER TERM 2015Mon 20 April Start of TermMon 4 May May Day Bank HolidayMon 25 May- Fri 29 May (half term)Fri 17 July Last day of term