Art at Ilkley Grammar is diverse and creative encouraging students to investigate a wide range of materials, techniques and styles in order to develop their own style and preferences. All practical work is supported and inspired by investigation into artists from a range of times and cultures with students developing the skills required to discuss, investigate, appraise and express opinions. Lessons are active, varied and practical with high expectations from staff who employ diverse teaching and learning strategies. Schemes are project based and explore art, craft and design activities. The Art staff are passionate about their subject and operate an open art room policy; which encourages students of all ages to use the art rooms at lunch time and after school, in addition to a range of art clubs which take place each week. Making use of first hand research into objects, images and art works is one of our key aims; we currently run a two day research visit to London galleries for Sixth Form students, which always includes seeing the (often controversial) Turner Prize, and an art residency day for year 10 Art and Photography students. In the past year we have hosted art works from Impressions Gallery, Bradford by photographer Red Saunders. This project involved all Yr 10 students in a full day photography workshop and follow-up editing sessions. We also regularly contribute art works for Future House exhibitions and are involved in the Red Kite Harewood House collaborative exhibition for sixth form students.