Bede’s is well recognised for its Art and Design Department and as well as studying the visual arts within the timetable, pupils can take advantage of a variety of options within the Co-Curricular Programme.
The art scholars group provides an opportunity for gifted and talented art students to spend time on their chosen area of interest.
Talented First Years work alongside top GCSE pupils and focus on a range of approaches to drawing, colour work, design and painting skills.
The pupils experiment with new techniques or develop existing skills to refine their visual understanding or extend their repertoire. The group ensures that individuals find themes and ideas they wish to pursue in a supportive environment.
Individual pupils will be encouraged to develop their own independent thinking, explore their own passions and collect images to work from which inspire them.
GCSE Photography has been exceptionally popular course at Bede's; pupils learn the significance and uses of Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO.
They learn how to develop black and white film and they will explore how to fuse their knowledge to create and develop new ideas and concepts.
Although GCSE Photography is not in the timetable, it takes place in activity time during the week. To do this course you will need to choose one GCSE Photography option in the week and we advise another Art Activity to help when doing Prep and hitting deadlines.
This course is an Invite Only course and takes place over a two-year period.
Learn an art form that can improve coordination, focus and sense of humour.
Explore creating with clay, an ancient art form that is only becoming rarer as a subject in schools. Learn how to coil, slab and throw on the potter's wheel, with a wide variety of projects available to try, friendly teachers and a consistently fun group of people.
If you have an idea, you can make it!
Learn how to print onto clay using lino prints. Add transfers you have designed yourself to fired ceramics. Spend an afternoon learning a new creative skill that helps to improve patience and hand eye coordination!
One of the aims of the activity is to design and develop your own ideas from paper to clay. This decorative method can boost your making skills and push your ambition with clay, and is open to everyone.
This activity is open to those Sixth Form pupils who intend to apply for art colleges and for those pupils specifically concerned with figuartive painting.
The sessions are delivered via an academically rigorous programme that is as exciting as it is demanding. Pupils study proportion and line, mark making and volume along with strategies for observations and measuring techniques.
Founded in September 2015, Bede's Metalwork and Jewellery Making Activity offers pupils the chance to engage in an intensive 12-week course in how to make rings, necklaces and broaches.
Open to pupils from all year groups, this activity supposes you have no skills in or experience of working with metal or fashioning jewellery, although if you do you are still welcome!
For those unto whom metalwork and jewellery-making are uncharted waters, each weekly session will guide you through a new technique up until Week 8, after which you will be challenged to design and make a unique and precious object of your own creation.
The Sewing and Dressmaking Activity is a weekly club which welcomes pupils of all abilities - those with years of textiles experience and those who have never picked up a needle and thread.
Pupils who join the group are given full explanations of the techniques and materials they will need to best achieve their goals, whatever those may be.
If you are looking to simply make-do-and-mend then we will happily talk you through every trick in the trade, but those pupils seeking something more can acquire a depth and breadth of skills from stitching to embroidering, needlework to high-end clothing design