Art lessons will help students to develop their intellectual, social, cultural, moral, creative and spiritual skills. The scope of the lessons is far reaching and will encourage them to foster an appreciation of the formal and informal disciplines of Art. Students will find ways to be innovative, imaginative and take action on these ideas. They will also learn the sensitivity and relationship between emotional and intuitive responses compared to intellectual and analytical processes.
The Art department runs activities throughout the year including regular after school classes.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
In Year 7 and 8 students are introduced to the basic principles of Art and Design and will learn essential techniques of drawing, painting, textiles and clay work and are introduced to the concept of using the work of artists to inspire their own pieces. In Year 9 students have the opportunity to study a range of projects which allow them to refine the skills taught lower down the school. Each project has been written so that students who wish to opt for Art as a GCSE already have an understanding of the framework of the course.
The Art and Design 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 coursework (60%) and the final exam (40%). Any piece of coursework can be re-visited over the two year programme and improved so that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential. During the course smaller ‘skills workshops’ will be run, where students will create work in response to an Art department trip. Students will have the opportunity to work using the following materials: silk/glass painting, oil pastels, drawing, sculpture, clay construction, digital photography, mixed media, textiles.
After School Workshops
The Art Department offer 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 students attend an hour workshop every week. The rooms are open 3-4pm Monday-Thursday and by arrangement with their art teacher on a Friday.
As a celebration for the hard work over the two years, a public exhibition is held within the department. 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.