Art and Design
Our Art Department has 4 excellent, fully qualified Art teachers, each with their own specialist room. Each room, as well as being fully equipped to deliver our subject, also has its own mini computer suite, access to the internet and an interactive whiteboard. We deliver Art and Design lessons to KS3 – KS5 students. All KS3 – KS5 schemes of work are under constant review, with new ideas introduced through departmental discussion.
KS3 is delivered to Year 7, 8 and 9 students. All our groups are mixed ability. Students’ follow a broad course, based upon the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. This course covers painting, drawing, designing, printing, 3D work and art appreciation. The programme has been created using an ‘open framework’ based upon 3 major areas of study; European arts, Cultural studies and Design studies. All students follow a Modular Curriculum, covering themes such as Still Life, Colour, Fashion, Landscapes, Portraits, and Cultural studies.
Students have the opportunity to achieve their personal best through challenging schemes of work that stretch all abilities. Homework is an important part of student development. Projects are designed to develop the pupil’s practical and critical skills, giving them the confidence to express ideas in a creative and individual way. We also run art clubs for those who simply love art!
The uptake at KS4 is strong and the results are consistently very good. We deliver a 2 year GCSE Fine Art course and an additional Photography GCSE, to our KS4 students. They consist of detailed projects, each based on a new project brief. The topics addressed are still life, natural forms, structure, landscape and portraiture. Through these carefully designed briefs, the students can then confidently progress onto A Level, a higher BTEC course, or into employment.
We also deliver ‘A Level Art’ through OCR. This Fine Art course is divided into 2 main sections, AS in Year 12 and A2 in Year 13. KS4 and KS5 pupils visit Art galleries to develop their understanding of historical and modern art and use their findings as further starting points for study. We strongly encourage our students to have a sense of independence and originality when working. This can be seen throughout their sketchbooks, portfolio’s and of course, in our fabulous end of year exhibition!