In Art, students will build their confidence and develop their independence by using a range of practical artistic processes. They will learn to have an appreciation of both artist's work and that produced by different cultures. Students will then create their own imaginative artwork inspired by the world around them.

The Art Department runs activities throughout the year including regular after school sessions and clubs.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

In Years 7 and 8, students are introduced to the basic principles of Art and Design and will develop their skills in the essential artistic techniques of drawing, painting, printing and 3D work including clay. They are also introduced to the concept of using the work of artists to inspire their own pieces.  We offer students the opportunity to study a range of projects which allow them to develop their skills across a large range of areas. Each project has been written so that students build and develop their artistic skills over Key Stage 3.

Foundation Year

In Year 9, students have the option to study either Art or Art Textiles. During their Foundation Year, students will build on the skills they learned in Years 7 and 8 but will have the opportunity to extend them with the introduction of new techniques and processes. Students will be able to work in a larger, GCSE-style sketchbooks and will become more comfortable and confident with presenting and annotating their work, whilst increasing the size and scale of the outcomes they produce.

GCSE Study

Students can choose between Fine Art, Art Textiles or 3D Art if they wish to study an Art-based subject for GCSE.

All of the Art GCSE courses allow students to experience a wide range of materials, techniques and processes over the two years. A vast amount of talent is not required to succeed, although motivation, hard work, enthusiasm and patience are a must!

The GCSE programme is made up of the coursework portfolio (60%) and the final exam (40%). The coursework portfolio is made up of a mixture of skills-based studies all of which are inspired by either an artist, a culture or their own photography. Any piece of coursework can be re-visited over the course and improved so that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential. In Fine Art, students will have the opportunity to work using the following materials: painting, printing, drawing, sculpture, clay construction and glazes, digital photography, mixed media and textiles. In Art Textiles, students will be able to use a wide range of media, but the main focus will be using textile techniques and processes within their work. In 3D Art, students will predominantly use materials associated with sculpture, ceramics or mixed media.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The Art Department offers an open doors policy to their students where they have the opportunity to be able to come and work within the Art rooms after school. The aim of these sessions is for students to access support with class work, homework and exam preparation. We recommend that GCSE students attend an hour workshop every week. The rooms are open 3-4pm Monday-Friday. Lower school students are encouraged to attend either the Year 7, Year 8 or Year 9 Art Clubs.

Public Exhibition
As a celebration for the hard work over the GCSE course, a public exhibition is held within the department at the end of Year 11. Every GCSE Art student is represented and this gives both the students and their family the opportunity to view all of the work produced over the course.

If you would like to view a gallery of work currently being produced by our students, please visit our gallery or search @AmeryHillArt on Instagram.