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, craftsperson's 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. During term 1 and term 2 the focus this year will be on improving observational drawing and colour. 

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 and Still Life. 

KS5

Graphic Communication, with Photography & Art

During Year 12, 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 and 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.

Our students are required to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained during the first year of the course 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.

They must complete a personal investigation that includes an essay of 2500 words which supports their portfolio work. Unit 2 is an 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 throughout the year. 

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. 

The art department also holds an annual art exhibition at the school for GCSE and A-Level work to be displayed. 

DUE TO THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES, AND FOR THE SAFETY OF THE STUDENTS, THE ART DEPARTMENT IS UNABLE TO SEND STUDENTS OUT ON GALLERIES VISITS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. TRIPS AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAMMES WILL RESUME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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

Miss F Loughrey

Head of Department 

Ms L Pletti

Art Technician

Miss L Johnson

Art Teacher