Head of Department 

Mr D Branch 

Teaching Staff

Mrs I Gilbert

Art Technician

Miss I Copley


It is our aim to offer a wide-ranging and challenging Art and Design education. We recognise the continuing importance of traditional skills and disciplines whilst embracing contemporary ideas and practises, involving our students in both individual and collaborative work. Students are encouraged to experiment with a diverse range of materials, techniques and approaches in order to develop the confidence to explore ideas and concepts, solve problems creatively and take exciting risks. 

Recording from observation is central to the making and development of students' work; drawing is the essential process by which pupils gain true visual understanding and are able to work through ideas towards resolved personal solutions. Units of work are planned to offer a clear structure, developing work through medium, process or theme, but within this, girls are given opportunities for focused personal development and innovation at every level.

We teach students a wide range of practical skills and activities including: painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, block printing, silkscreen, digital imaging and video. We are delighted to have been recognised with the ‘Artsmark Gold’ award by the Arts Council for our “excellence in arts and cultural provision.” 


Co-Curricular Provision 

All-day workshops, location trips to record, gallery visits to view artwork and artefacts first-hand are regularly offered as such experiences positively impact on the quality of the students’ own ideas and outcomes. A range of clubs and enrichment opportunities provide further exposure to different practical and creative challenges and we encourage girls to enter their artwork into national competitions and initiatives. Blackheath High Art Department offers Years 7-9 Art Club, through to Life Drawing Classes offered to our older students. There is also specific groups that meet regularly, such as the Fashion Show Club in which girls design and construct their own garments to showcase in our Annual Fashion Show. 

Download the 2022 A-level Art Exhibition Catalogue

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