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Welcome to Art Options Taster Session

Did you know? 

Art used to be an Olympic event, between 1912 and 1948 medals were given out for sporting-inspired masterpieces of architecture, music, painting, sculpture and literature and Leonardo da Vinci was ambidextrous.

We hope you enjoy the taster session!

FAQs

How will Art fit in with other subjects?  

Studying art and design helps to create a broad and balanced curriculum, which is an excellent foundation for whatever you want to do afterwards. The transferable skills you’ll gain, such as creativity, analysis and problem solving, complement a range of other subjects and careers. 

Do you have to be good at drawing? 

Whilst there is an important element to drawing and painting in art, you will have plenty of opportunities to find your strengths and eventually may prefer to work in other materials like clay or textiles.  

Is Art GCSE hard? 

It is not hard if you enjoy it. Like all subjects, there will be challenges and some pieces may take a long time to finish. Time management is important.  

What equipment will I need to buy? 

All the sketchbooks, art equipment and materials are available for you, however, we do encourage you to purchase equipment and an Art folder for you to continue to work at home. There are small charges for canvases if you wish to use one.  

What's the point of doing Art? 

Studying the arts teaches determination and resilience – qualities useful to any career. When you study art, you learn to work both independently and collaboratively, you also gain experience in time management – skill sets valued by employers. 

The leading people in any field are those who can think creatively and innovatively. These are skills that employer's value alongside qualifications.  

What career can you use Art in? 

The creative industries in the U.K are rapidly growing. They contribute £92 billion to the economy and employ over 3 million people. People with creative skills are highly valued in a rapidly changing world of work. There are hundreds of specialisms, but it is competitive, and you need to work hard. Some careers are:  

Advertiser, Animator, Architect, Art Therapist, Cartoon/Comic art, Community arts, Costume design, Fashion design, Film director, Fine artist, Furniture design, Game design, Graphic design, Illustrator, Interior design, Jewellery design, Photographer, Product design, Sculptor, Set designer, Tattoo artist, Teacher, Theatre design, Web design 

Who can I ask for more information? 

Contact your art teacher for more advice: 

Mrs Swift – em@westagte.slough.sch.uk,  

Mrs Pallister – apa@westgate.slough.sch.uk,  

Ms Mistry – nmi@westgate.slough.sch.uk