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Creative Arts

The Creative Art department is a dynamic, innovative group of subjects in which we aim to create a positive and stimulating learning environment for every student.

All lessons are taught by specialist teachers with a wide skill base and extensive teaching experience.

If you would like to find out more about music lessons please see the music tab below

Art

Everything you can imagine is real 

Pablo Picasso

Our art lessons are taught in large, bright and fully equipped Art studios, including a kiln and darkroom and full Adobe suite on all our computers and laptops.

We aim to teach your daughter not only an array of practical skills with a wide variety of materials but also develop their understanding of cultures, Art movements both past and present, whilst promoting the status of Art in society. Alongside this, we enable students to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as perseverance, initiative and independence.

As a department, we stimulate students’ curiosity and enjoyment of Art, encouraging open and enquiring minds that are aware of contemporary, cultural and historical elements; this enables the development of concepts and informed decisions, building on work through project based outcomes.

The Art department is a nurturing environment, which enables your daughters’ confidence to thrive. We offer a wide variety of extra-curricular events, including trips to exhibitions, clubs, day courses and residential trips to various destinations globally.

Art is taught to all students in Upper 3 and Lower 4. In upper 4 students have to opt between two of the three subjects Art, Drama and Music, to enable them to build a firm basis prior to choosing GCSE options. At GCSE and A Level we offer qualifications in Fine Art, Graphics, Photography and Textiles.

Within the Senior School the Art department covers many topic areas including the fundamentals of drawing, architecture, cubism, cultural units, photography, popular culture and photoshop skills. All units of work link to relevant artists or designers.

Food Preparation and Nutrition

The kitchen is a country in which there are always discoveries to be made

Grimod de la Reyniere

The Food Preparation and Nutrition Department is a thriving area of the school.  The girls thoroughly enjoy their lessons and have opportunities to take part in a range of cross curricular activities, lunchtime and after school sessions, and the varied competitions run throughout the year. All girls study the subject during their first two years of the Senior School, in rotation with Textiles.  During this time they will:

  • Develop a wide range of food preparation and cooking skills by planning, preparing and cooking a variety of food using different techniques and equipment.
  • Work hygienically and safely with increasing independence
  • Gain a clear understanding of the relationship between diet, nutrition and health.
  • Learn to make informed choices about food and drink in order to achieve a healthy, varied and balanced diet.

All the girls will be entered for their ‘Active Kids Get Cooking Award’ each year, an initiative which recognises and rewards healthy eating education and cooking in schools.  As they continue to progress and develop, they will be set a variety of challenges and faced with new opportunities, designed to spark their imagination and whet their creative appetites, including:

  • The annual Christmas and Easter Cake Decorating Competitions.
  • Talbot Heath Master Chef, leading onto the Rotary Young Chef Competition.
  • The Great Talbot Heath Bake Off.
  • The Leith’s School of Food and Wine ‘Let’s Cook’ Certificate.
  • Fundraising activities including the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Flip, Tearfund ‘Big Bake’ and Spotty Bake for Children in Need.

Mrs Moran, Head of Food and Nutrition, also runs extra clubs including Sugar Paste craft and supports the Christian Union with activities.

Music

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything

Plato

Talbot Heath has a lively musical tradition throughout the school. The subject is taught in the purpose-built Queensmount Music School which houses a concert hall, two large teaching rooms, an electronic music studio, a small teaching room and nine instrumental teaching/practice rooms, each of which has a piano.

The Mary Norton Concert Hall is used for staging chamber concerts and is the rehearsal base for many of the vocal and instrumental ensembles. It houses a fine grand piano, a three-manual organ and a sizeable number of large percussion instruments. The department has twenty computers all equipped with the ‘Sibelius’ Music Software: these are primarily used for GCSE and A Level teaching. We also use iPads in our class teaching at all levels.

Music is taught by specialist teachers across the entire age range of the school, culminating in Advanced Level and preparation for entrance to Music College or University.  In addition, the department is a centre for the instrumental examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

We have an enthusiastic and dedicated music staff comprising two full-time teachers responsible for the academic classroom teaching and a large number of visiting teachers who offer expert tuition in instrumental and vocal studies.

A wide range of musical ensembles meet on a weekly basis. A busy concert schedule includes a regular programme of Informal Lunchtime Concerts, Carol Services, Spring Concert, Advanced Soloists Concert, GCSE Musicians Concert, an annual Pop Concert and various Junior School Concerts. We also stage musical productions.

The school is very proud of the fact that it has produced some outstanding musicians in recent years who have gone on to become internationally acclaimed, such as cellist Natalie Clein and opera singer Kate Royal.


Individual Instrumental Lessons

Please contact Mrs Fuller in the Finance department to book.

  • Violin 
  • Viola 
  • Cello 
  • Double Bass 
  • Piano 
  • Organ 
  • Flute 
  • Oboe 
  • Clarinet 
  • Bassoon 
  • Saxophone 
  • Recorder 
  • Horn 
  • Trumpet 
  • Trombone 
  • Singing 
  • Guitar 
  • Percussion (Orchestral and Drum kit)

Music Clubs

The Music department offers many vocal and instrumental ensembles which girls are encouraged to join. These include:

  • Orchestra 
  • Percussion Ensemble 
  • Dance Band
  • Senior Strings 
  • Intermediate Strings
  • Senior Choir 
  • Junior Choir
  • Chamber Choir 
  • Wind Band
  • Flute Choir
  • Smaller Flute Ensembles 
  • Clarinet Choir 
  • Saxophone Choir

Extra-Curricular Clubs

Textiles

Textiles affect every part of our lives.

Textiles is a popular subject among pupils, it is a unique and creative area of the school curriculum, where students can explore methods, materials and techniques in new, exciting and imaginative ways.

In recent years the trend for sewing, knitting and handmade design has inspired our pupils to create a raft of wonderful pieces.

Textiles is taught throughout the year in Year 6, Upper 3 and Lower 4. The timetable is shared with Food and Nutrition meaning that pupils spend half the year in Textiles before they swap to Food and Nutrition (or vice versa). Classes are split, meaning there are fewer students resulting in more individual support.

During their time in Textiles, pupils learn how to stitch by hand and with the use of a sewing machine. They develop practical skills in design composition, the use of colour and pattern, applique, quilting, the use of the sewing machine and construction of textile items. They also learn and apply skills to decorate fabric; this will include adding sequins and bead embellishments as well as batik and dyeing processes.

The practical and safe use of tools and equipment is taught so that the expected standards of behaviour enable the lessons to be carried out with safety in mind. There are also opportunities to use and develop computer skills in the creation of textile design and decoration.

The areas of study are as follows:

Year 6- Health and safety in Textiles, the correct use of textiles tools and equipment, the design and production of a hand embroidered pin cushion, the design and production of an Indian-inspired textile sampler.

Year 7- Health and safety recap, the design and production of an iPad case, the design and production of a quilted batik bag.

Year 8- Health and safety recap, the design and production of a cushion cover, the design and production of a quilted mug rug.

There is also an after school Craft Club, run by Miss Teuber that meets once a week in the Textiles room. The club is open to girls in Upper 3, Lower 4 and Upper 4. Each week they are taught a new craft skill to make a handcrafted item to take home.