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The Art Department has a distinct profile at MGS, giving opportunities for students to explore a range of media, techniques, and styles. We pride ourselves on not having a house style, but rather a true diversity that starts with a clear focus on individual student interests and abilities.   

Departmental Staff

Mr J Ashenfelter BFA MFA ACPSE FdA
Head of Department
Mr J Hanratty  Teacher of Art & Assistant Head
Mr M Jones BA (Hons) Fine Art  Learning Manager Year 8
Mrs L Morton BA (Hons) Interior Design Art Technician

The Department has excellent open-plan facilities to assist candidates to attain their full potential.  Sixth Form students have constant access to a dedicated area where work can be continued outside lesson time.  An A1 printer allows for high-quality large scale professional imaging.  A darkroom serves for traditional photographic processes.

Our students specialize in Fine Art, Graphics, and Photography.  We send a steady stream of successful candidates to Foundation and Degree programs across the country, and ultimately into successful careers in Art, Design, Architecture, Film, Arts Education and many other creative fields. 

Students at all levels are frequently invited to enter juried competitions, and our students have an excellent track record of prize and bursary winnings, such as the Downton Exhibitions at County Hall (including the 2012 John Downton trophy for ‘Best Overall Submission’ from a Kent school), the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, and the Association of Men of Kent & Kentish Men. 

Visits to galleries, exhibitions, and museums play an important role.  Visits have included The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the Courtauld Gallery, and the University of London Art Lectures series.  There are many opportunities for international visits via the many departmental trips and visits annually to such places as Paris, Milan, and Barcelona.

Our Annual Student Summer Exhibition showcases our best GCSE and Sixth Form work, and attracts both corporate sponsorship and coverage in the local press.  Recent Guests of Honour have included international artist/illustrator Ralph Steadman, Watercolour Challenge host Mike Chaplin, sculptor Paula Groves, UCA Foundation Head Mike Addison, Head of National Gallery Exhibitions Michael Wilson, and  BP Portrait Award winner Joel Ely.

Options at different Key Stages

KS3:   Drawing & Painting, Printmaking, ICT Graphics, Sculpture and 3D Design, Pottery

KS4/GCSE(AQA):   All media in Fine Art and Photography

KS5/A Level(AQA):   Fine Art, Photography, Graphic Communication

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