Art education at Manchester High is about independent thought, learning with enthusiasm, intellectual curiosity and cultural awareness. Art cultivates the senses, making us visually aware and literate, enabling us to interpret the world around us.
The main characteristic of art at MHSG is the evidence of an informed personal response using a variety of media to produce traditional and contemporary outcomes. The aim is to give each student as wide and as varied an experience of art and art practices as possible, to enable each individual to fulfil her potential.
As well as developing practical skills, the students are introduced to art appreciation through spoken and written word. The girls produce mature, outstanding work and are encouraged to enter local and national competitions. The galleries and museums in Manchester are either within walking distance of the School or a short bus ride away, which makes it possible for all year groups to study a variety of art at first hand.
The department offers AQA courses in Fine Art and Graphic Communication at GCSE, AS and A-level, and pupils receive excellent one-to-one teaching. The GCSE and GCE students have the opportunity to visit major national and international collections.
Everyone may pursue their creativity further by attending one of the art clubs for Key Stage 3 during the lunch break, workshops for Key Stage 4 and Life Drawing for Sixth Form students at the end of the school day.