Art, Drama and Music are the three components of the Expressive Arts Faculty at Tupton Hall School. All are passionately taught and we have seen generations of talented students gaining in confidence as they progress through the school. A good number have gone on to higher levels still and we are proud of our part in their development.
In Art, students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of 2D and 3D work including drawing and painting, printmaking, mixed media, photography, ICT, 3D, and ceramics. Significant emphasis is placed on developing observational drawing skills. Students learn learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. They are encouraged to develop their own ideas and skills throughout the different key stages in order to become confident, independent and creative individuals.
Artwork is displayed for all year groups throughout the school. We hold annual A-Level and GCSE exhibitions. The artwork regularly receives praise from staff, students and visitors to the school.
Art is a popular and successful subject in school. Extra-curricular activities are very well attended both at lunchtime and afterschool. Our students produce work to a high standard and achieve excellent exam results.
In Drama students have the opportunity to not only learn about playwrights and study different genres of theatre including theatre from around the world, but they also develop essential life skills in the very act of participating in a Drama lesson. We encourage creativity and reflection, as these are central to our curriculum. Students learn to problem solve and take risks by working in groups to prepare performances as well as self evaluating and being focused when working on individual tasks. Drama is also the perfect medium whereby students can express themselves in a safe environment and develop their speaking and listening skills and therefore increase their confidence in speaking publicly.
Our students achieve excellent exam results and year after year continue to produce work of a very high standard. The tradition of extra-curricular performance at Tupton Hall is a strong one which we continue with pride each year. We produce two shows a year, catering for students of all levels and ages. The shows are always popular, selling out each year – a testament to our dedicated and talented students.
In Music students have the opportunity to work on a variety of instruments and study a range of musical styles from different periods of history and cultures. All students learn to play the keyboard and to read staff notation, developing these skills so they will be able to play independent parts in each hand. Students also have the opportunity to play the ukulele, samba drums and Japanese Taiko drums.
Students learn to work together, solving problems and learn to rehearse a performance independently. They have the chance to work at solo as well as ensemble performance and composition work, and regularly take part in class singing sessions.
All students will also have the opportunity to compose using Music Technology, working with both Mixcraft and Sibelius software. This includes creating samples, editing, and the use of Midi.
There is a wide range of extra-curricular activities that take place throughout the week to complement the curriculum. These include Choirs, Wind Band, String Group, Keyboard and Theory club. There is also a Samba or Taiko group which meet for part of the year. The Music department organise several concerts during the year, including a Christmas and Easter concert which showcase all the extra-curricular ensembles as well as giving soloists the chance to perform.
Further course information and resources for each subject area can be found in the links at the top left of the page.