The Art Department compliment each other with our different specialisms and work closely together to bring the best out of our pupils.
Head of Department – Miss Hannah Driver
Hannah is a painter and printmaker and specialises in 2D art. She works primarily with the prep and senior schools and teaches a range of skills from drawing techniques to painting on canvas. Hannah also teaches Art to GCSE level and uses this course to encourage a culture of independent learners by working with pupils to develop their own projects.
Full Time Art Teacher – Miss Sarah Prescott
Sarah is a ceramicist and sculptor and specialises in 3D art. She works with both the prep and senior schools and teaches ceramics and sculpture techniques in both schools. She also teaches Design Technology to the lower prep school pupils which assists with their craft and making skills.
Art Technician – Mr Glenn Warren
Glenn has a background in printed textiles but is also an experienced painter. He assists in all aspects of department life but especially with photography, marketing and display across the school. He is also available during lessons and often works with many different year groups to support their learning in art.
We are very lucky at Sherfield to have two purpose built Art Studios and a Pottery. We work using a range of materials and techniques in both 2D and 3D and use contemporary and traditional artists to inform work, such as Jenny Saville and the Ancient Egyptians. We have themes for each project, right across the school, which include natural forms, portraiture and abstract art.
We have continued our initial success in GCSE with our results ranging from 80% A* - C to 100%! We are one of the best departments in the school, having never been out of the top three in terms of results and have always added value to our pupils learning! Installations, paintings, sculptures (some of which are now permanently situated on the School grounds), photography and video have all been used to produce the students work.
Our Art Scholars are selected following a rigorous programme of application which includes a timed drawing, a short written paper, portfolio discussion and a formal interview with the Deputy Principal. Scholars are then expected to increase their commitment to the subject by doing additional projects outside of school time, visiting galleries and being ambassadors for the subject in lessons.
We are involved with community art projects and have art on permanent display at North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke and Funstrokes Pottery. Most recently, one of our GCSE pupils, James, won a competition to design a piece of public art which has been commissioned by David Wilson Homes at Sherfield Park and was made by professional artist, Anne Gingell.