Welling has a history of excellence within the Visual Arts and was designated a Specialist Visual Arts College in 2002. The school’s unique forward thinking curriculum is exemplified by the Visual Arts Specialism. Students benefit from a large and well-resourced Visual Arts faculty, where they can study a broad range of specialist disciplines including; drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic design, photography, video, textiles and fashion design. Alongside purpose built art studios the school has a Gallery that regularly exhibits student work, travelling shows by famous artists and exciting one off projects. There are lots of opportunities for your child to take part in extracurricular activities including clubs and publications. The school also offers regular workshops in the Easter and Summer holidays and trips to galleries and museums around the UK and Europe.
The Visual Arts play a pivotal role across the school’s curriculum. Art engages with a wide range of spiritual, moral, cultural and social studies. Your child will undertake Canon lessons where they will cover the history of the last 1000 years through looking at works of art. Art students analyse and question their own and others work, identify how beliefs, values and meanings are expressed and shared. Students embody the Welling Ways in their individual art practice and collaborative projects. We provide our students with a stimulating and creative curriculum that embraces cross curricular themes. We believe that an engagement with the independent and collaborative skills required to be a successful artist provide important transferable skills in an increasingly visually world.