The face of art at Woodhouse

Dated: 24 May 2019

Our Art department held its annual exhibition of A level work at the college last night. As ever, the evening was very well attended, with student artists showing off their work to peers, parents and friends, as well as visitors from partner schools, governors and retired staff.
“The level of work is just incredible” said Principal John Rubinstein “Our students are very talented and some of the art on display here is remarkably mature.”
The art department at Woodhouse regularly tops the college tables in terms of subject results. Last year they had a 96% A-B pass rate with six A*s.
40 students sat the A level exam this year and Head of Department Emma Farquharson was very pleased with their commitment.
“It’s been a very good year for progression. Around 50% of our students will be going on to do something art related. We have a student with a Cambridge offer to study architecture and other students going to UCL for architecture. Many are going to foundation courses at Central St Martins, Camberwell and Ravensbourne.
Portraiture is a strength here and always has been at Woodhouse, but it seems to be getting stronger and stronger. The show this year is dominated by great portraiture, and not just in painting and drawing - in a variety of media including textiles, we have some wonderful stitched portraits this year by a student going on to study textiles at Chelsea.
One students has even made a film installation about plastic and the environment and he’s going on to do film studies in Belfast and another student is going on to study animation… lots of really great art related progression.”
We asked what advice Emma could give to students who want to study art at Woodhouse?
“The main thing they’ve got to be doing is honing their drawing skills. Everything starts with drawing and every student here has got really strong drawing skills. We do teach those skills when they get here - but I think you can never practice too much. Students should go out to galleries, find what they are interested in and practice drawing.”

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