Art

Introduction

Art enables students to become visually literate, to develop skills and imagination and to become more aware of the world in which they live. It encourages them to work independently and collaboratively. The Art department’s mission is to promote the enjoyment of Art, Craft and Design for all students. We encourage creativity, sensitivity, imagination, presentation skills and powers of observation. We aim to widen students’ cultural horizons by introducing them to the varied work of artists, craftspersons and designers from all cultures and enriching their personal resources. We look at a range of both traditional and contemporary practitioners and encourage students to study these for themselves. We also encourage students to make links between Art and Design and other areas of the curriculum. 

KS3

The Art department follows a course which recognises and embraces the National Curriculum attainment target for Art, Craft and Design. Throughout Key Stage 3, students develop skills in drawing, painting, printing, ceramics, ICT and 3 dimensional work. The use of sketch books is essential to complete weekly class work and record homework projects into.

KS4

Many students continue to study Art and/or Photography to GCSE level. At Key Stage 4, students are responsible for researching and gathering information on a chosen topic and for selecting the most suitable media in which to work. Students have to produce a portfolio of artwork over the 2 years as well as undertaking a controlled test over 10 hours. Students currently follow the AQA exam board syllabus. Some of the current topics studied have included; Portraiture, Creative Landscapes, Movement and Architecture. Students have also produced work in response to visits to the Tate galleries and more recently Kew Gardens & the Stanley Spencer gallery.

KS5

Graphic Communication, with Photography & Art

At AS level, students are introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques appropriate to their chosen area of study. They complete two units. Unit one is a coursework portfolio where students independently explore a chosen topic of interest. To guide them, they go through mini workshops, which introduce them to a variety of key design concepts that relate to the specialism of Graphic Communication (Art, Photography or Graphics). Some examples include Typography, Branding and Printmaking. Students are then able to develop their research independently, with their teachers’ guidance. They then complete a mini project based around a brief where they create an advertising campaign on a chosen social issue.

Unit two is an externally set assignment. Students choose from a series of questions, provided by the AQA examination board and explore a particular theme. They have a 5 hour exam which is used to develop their work at the start of their project.

At A2 level, our students are required to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at AS with a greater depth of study. They have a degree of flexibility in the second year and are able to vary their chosen specialism from Graphic Communication to one of the other specialisms that come under the Art and Design AQA specification umbrella (Art, Graphics, Textile Design, 3D design and Photography).

They complete a further two units; Unit 1 is a personal investigation and includes an essay of a 1000 words which supports their portfolio. Unit 2 is another externally set assignment. However, students are given 15 hours (3 school days) to produce a conclusion to their findings. Past personal investigations have included subjects such as ‘Isolation', ‘Festivals’ and ‘Suspension'.

Enrichment Activities (to include extra-curricular, facilities, trips, competitions, etc)

OUR FACILITIES

The new art department has two light, modern rooms to work in as well as a dedicated Photography area and a foyer, there are a number of PCs available to use for research as well as digital cameras and studio lights and also a colour photocopier and printer. The department also has a large range of 2D and 3D materials. We also have a working kiln for the use with clay pieces. On top of this, we have Digital SLR cameras and Studio equipment to aid students in creating professional final outcomes. 

COMPETITIONS AND INITIATIVES

Students are encouraged to take part in regular competitions and initiatives. Students contributed to the World Peace Day Mosaic design for Baylis Park and won a day with a mosaic artist as a result as well as Specialist Craft’s annual art competitions. Students are also encouraged to take part in the wider contribution of school activities. A number of our students become responsible for taking photos at major school events and painting backdrops and props for school productions, most recently on Sports Day and Certificate evening. We also run KS3 competitions in the summer term where the winners are displayed at the annual Art and Design Exhibition.

Students go on trips to gather their research, so far attending places such as the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, Kew Gardens and local galleries such as Stanley Spencer. On top of this we have developed a university link with Bucks New University which gives the 6th form Art students the opportunity to take part in print making and type setting workshops.  As mentioned each year the department holds an Art exhibition to showcase work from GCSE and Sixth Form students.

Qualifications

KS4

Qualification

Examining Body

G.C.S.E Art, Craft and Design

AQA

G.C.S.E Photography

AQA

KS5

Qualification

Examining Body

G.C.E Graphic Communication

AQA

G.C.E Art, Craft and Design

AQA

G.C.E Photography

AQA

 

 Staff

Mr T Poet

Head of Department - Tim.poet@slougheton.com

Ms L. Pletti

Art Technician

Mr C Poole

Fine Art Specialist