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Art

We believe that young people should be visually literate so that they can develop the capacity for creative action, imagination and communication. Whilst it is important that students are taught practical skills to help them to interpret, analyse and communicate, Art is a subject that gets you thinking, develops the intellect and encourages personal growth.

We strive to promote an active enjoyment of Art through curricular and extra-curricular activities; giving students the opportunity to develop confidence and self-discipline.

The KS 3 course offers students of all abilities the opportunity to engage in a range of 2D and 3D activities such as painting, drawing, printmaking and ceramics. They are encouraged to explore and experiment, record their observations, and express imaginative ideas and think for themselves by making informed decisions about their own and others’ work. We develop a specialist vocabulary and expose students to a wide range of critical and cultural studies that further their knowledge of art and artists.

At GCSE we offer a course that allows students to specialise in a specific area of art or to follow a more general course, thus enabling them the opportunity to work to their strengths. Students tend to work in a broad range of media to develop a portfolio of work that best demonstrates their skills, and abilities as well as expressing their observations and ideas.

At A Level we offer courses in Art and Textile Art.  These courses further promote the development of skills and encourage more independent learning as students devise personal projects based on their own ideas and interests. There is also a historical and critical element to the A2 course in which students study an aspect of the visual arts that interests them. This is done through practical exploration and written analysis.

 

Main Topics Covered

Year 7

  • Portraits – drawing techniques – proportion/shading, mono-printing
  • Annual Big Draw Project – past themes ‘Every Drawing tells a story’ & STEAM
  • Art & Nature; drawing, pattern, ceramics

Year 8

  • Order & Chaos – focus on lettering, pattern, abstract art & relief printmaking
  • Animals – line drawing interpreted into 3D wire sculpture
  • Landscape – colour studies and painting without a brush!

Year 9

  • ‘Rubbish Drawing!’ A course designed to improve drawing & shading skills
  • Still life - gridding up techniques and painting
  •  ‘Out of the Ordinary!’ Surrealism & IT based media
  • ‘Who Are You?’ A GCSE style project based on identity, mixed media

Year 10

  • Teacher led activities that focus on developing skills using both traditional and more experimental approaches, whilst gathering resource materials to develop later in the course. Activities include; graphite drawing, wax resist, batik, biro drawing, water colour, acrylic paint, collage, and photography.
  • Using their initial work and research into the work of an artist, students go on to create a personalised 2 or 3D final outcome

Year 11

  • In the first half of the year students devise their own project in response to open-ended starting points such as Distortion, Message in the Words or Structures
  • Whilst drawing and photography form a strong basis from which to develop ideas students can choose to work in a wide range of media including painting, print-making, stencils, digital media or ceramics.
  • From January of year 11 students prepare for their final exam; this is a project, which they devise themselves in response to a question selected from a given exam paper. They will have 10 hours under exam conditions in April to create their final piece.

Year 12

  • Foundation course designed to further develop drawing skills, work on different scales, introduce oil painting and ways of working at A level.
  • Start work on student’s final major project by selecting and developing a theme for personal project through research and practical activities. Produce a mini final outcome under exam conditions in June.

Year 13

  • Continue to develop and extend final major project and produce outcome.
  • Write an essay/extended piece of artist research on a theme related to the practical work. (3000-5000 words)
  • From February of year 13 students prepare for their final exam; this is a project, which they devise themselves in response to a question selected from a given exam paper. They will have 15 hours under exam conditions in May to create their final piece.
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