Feature Artist: Sarah Graham 

As part of the Year 7 Art Scheme of Learning, we have covered the work of Sarah Graham and her hyper-realistic approach to oil painting.  

Sarah Graham is a British painter and has exhibited at independent galleries and art fairs across the UK and overseas.  

Sarah often uses bright and vivid subject matter such as lollipops, confectionary and toys to create her beautiful canvases.  Embracing technology, she often records her paintings using time-lapse photography.   

These fascinating videos are available to watch online: 

Miss Morris

Head of Art & Design and Photography

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GCSE Art & Design and Photography Exam Phase Begins!

For the first time in 3 years, due to the pandemic, our GCSE Art and Design and Photography exams will recommence with the preparatory phase starting from January 2023. 

All our Year 11 students have been briefed on the 7 starting points in the papers and are about to embark on 4 months of developing their projects ready for their 10 hour exams in late April.  We wish all our Year 11 students the best of luck as they begin their research.

Miss Morris

Head of Art & Design and Photography

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A Warm Welcome to our Art & Design Trainee, Miss Williams

As part of the Red Rose Teaching Alliance and the University of Cumbria, we are delighted to welcome Miss Williams to the subject of Art & Design within the CAT Faculty. 

Miss Williams, who has a background in creative textiles, is looking forward to inspiring the next generation with her knowledge and passion for Art and Design.   She has thoroughly enjoyed her first teaching placement at Bishop Rawstorne and is very excited to join Penwortham Girls’ High School and getting to know the staff and students.

Miss Morris

Head of Art & Design and Photography

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Design & Technology, Art and Photography Workshop at Newman College

On Monday 5th December, 14 GCSE Design & Technology, Art and Photography students visited Newman College to take part in a range of Textiles, Art and Photography workshops. They learnt all about the courses available and got to experience some of the techniques and skills which they can develop whilst studying A-levels and BTECs at Newman College. A massive thanks to past PGHS student, Chloe Forshaw, who is currently in her second year of her Art & Design BTEC at Newman College.  Chloe shared her amazing work and discussed her experience at Newman, as well as the path she has chosen to take since leaving PGHS.

Mrs R Freer

Curriculum Lead for Technology

GCSE Photography Mock Exam 2022

This term, our Year 11 GCSE Photography students completed their 5-hour mock exams, working diligently to finalise their Component 1 coursework.  The focus this year is on the digital creative process of ‘Multi Exposure.’  A variety of creative prints were produced to an excellent standard.  Examples of their work can be seen below.  Well done, Year 11!

Miss Morris

Head of Art Design & Photography

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Literature and Languages Festival

Our Literature and Languages Festival took place from 10th October to the 21st October. A variety of activities, competitions and events took place and it was a huge success. Please click the link below to view the newsletter articles about the festival.

Feature Artist: Irving Penn

This term, our ‘Feature Artist’ is internationally renowned photographer, Irving Penn. Irving Penn was one of the twentieth century’s great photographers, known for his arresting images and his masterful coverage of multiple genres. 

At a time when photography was primarily understood as a means of communication, he approached it with an artist’s eye and expanded the creative potential of the medium, both in his professional and personal work. 

The Irving Penn Foundation houses the largest repository of Irving Penn’s work and was established to promote knowledge and understanding of the artistic legacy of Irving Penn, including the diversity of techniques, mediums and subject matter that the artist explored.  Visit www.irvingpenn.org for more information.

Miss G Morris

Head of Art & Design and Photography

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KS4 Photographers make a keen start

This term, our GCSE courses continue in Photography on what promises to be another exciting year.  Students will be exploring a range of lens-based media techniques and will be enhancing their critical understanding through the projects of Natural Forms and Portraiture. 

Below are some coursework examples from our Year 11 Photography students:

Miss G Morris

Head of Art & Design and Photography

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C.A.T. Faculty London Residential 2022

This Year, 23 Key Stage 4 students accompanied Miss Morris, Mrs Gerrard and Miss Scott for the annual CAT Faculty Residential to London.  During the visit, students experienced the delights of London which included visits to the Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum and The Design Museum.

Our busy schedule also included a stroll down the famous Mall and tickets for the West End show ‘Wicked’ which was a delight to see. 

The trip was a wonderful success and plans are already in place for the next year’s residential. 

Miss Morris

Lead Teacher of Art, Design and Photography

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UCLan – Degree Show Visit & Fashion Extravaganza

In addition to our Photography and Animation Workshop, we also took 15 Year 10 GCSE Art & Photography students to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to see the Degree Show and to engage with a fashion-themed workshop. 

The prestigious Degree Show was led by UCLan’s friendly student ambassadors who showcased the subject areas of Fine Art, Photography, Games Design, Animation, Fashion, Architecture and their numerous Foundation Diplomas.

Towards the end of the visit, we were able to see watch clips from UCLan’s amazing annual fashion show and took park in the ‘Banana Fashion Workshop’, developing clothing for the popular yellow fruit. 

We hope all students left the event feeling inspired and we look forward to visiting next year!

Miss Morris

Lead Teacher of Art

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  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
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  • SMART
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  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider
  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • SMART
  • UNICEF
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider