The Art Department at St Gabriel’s is set in an exciting and stimulating environment. Students work with a wide variety of mediums, including fine art, ceramics, textiles and photography. Standards achieved are high and exam results are outstanding. Art scholars meet with the Head of Art half-termly to review progress and set creative extension tasks to encourage scholars to expand their creative skills and maximise their potential.
Art scholarships are honorary and may be awarded to outstanding candidates. The scholarship is based on the strength of the candidate’s portfolio and a practical assessment and interview.
Requirements for Entry
- Candidates must submit a portfolio of their own work
- The panel are looking for proof of the candidate’s enjoyment and enthusiasm for art and their potential for progress
- Candidates attend a 15 minute interview with the Head of Art
- Candidates complete a practical task that involves an observational study and a short written task, where they will be asked to analyse an artwork. Candidates will have approximately 30 minutes to complete each task
Candidates must submit examples of their work on scholarship day to the Art Department in art bags/boxed up. Portfolios should demonstrate the development of the candidate’s work as far back as possible, and reflect a genuine interest and passion for art with pieces produced in school, in art clubs and at home.
The portfolio should include:
- An outline/brief of the work contained in the portfolio
- A demonstration of work in a variety of different mediums including, if possible, three dimensional art eg sculpture, ceramics or papier mâché
- Other work eg drawings, paintings, collage, mixed media work
- Evidence of the use of other artists’ work to influence the candidate’s own
- Evidence that the candidate is interested in art as well as skilled (contents should include work from previous years which was carried out at home as well as in school)
- Work should include pieces produced for pleasure, showing spontaneity and a passion for the subject, rather than specially produced for this portfolio