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The Art Department is made up of two Art teachers. We pride ourselves on having very high expectations, and providing an exciting and innovative learning environment.

The schemes of work aim to challenge and inspire all learners in Art. We constantly review and improve our projects to ensure that pupils are engaged, learn new skills and develop independence and creative thinking. Key Stage 3 groups explore three projects over the course of the year...

Year 7

  • Introduction into colour and shape: Pupils explore colour theory and will work in a variety of mediums from pencil to paint looking at style of Kandinsky.
  • Cacti and succulents: Pupils will explore observational drawing techniques and skills in depth. They will also explore the work of Patrick Coffaro and Jennifer Lynn Becker to expand their written analytical skills.
  • Bugs and Insects: This topic is built around a variety of short workshop techniques looking at monoprint and continuous line whilst studying the work of Abby Diamond. Pupils get creative designing a three dimensional Junk Bug using found materials and resources.

Year 8

  • Picasso and Portraiture: Pupils explore the cubism movement of Picasso and embrace the distorted style of his work using collaging and three dimensional relief techniques.
  • Science and Cells: Patterns and lines are explored through the theme of science and cells. Students will get the opportunity to experiment with a range of mixed media techniques and study contemporary artists and illustrators.
  • Day of the Dead: A 3D skull project looking at the traditional patterns and colours associated with its celebration.

Year 9 GCSE ART

Pupils in Year 9 who opt to take Art will complete a diverse range of workshops centered around three projects ( pone per term). GCSE students will have five lessons over the two week timetable and will build up an extensive skill-set working in media from sculpture to printmaking to textiles and fine art.

Term 1  - Natural Forms

Term 2 – Sweets/Cakes and Junk Food:  3D Sculpture project

Term 3 – Exploring other cultures.

Year 10/11 KS4 GCSE ART

Students will take an independent approach to their GCSE project and devise a topic to investigate. In Year 10, students will begin their investigations looking at ‘Organic/Mechanic’ and then eventually link this to their own interests.  This theme will be explored and developed using a wide range of skills and techniques reflecting the style of both contemporary and historic artist links. The pupils will produce an exciting and original personal portfolio in reflection the four assessment objectives.

GCSE ART GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS

Pupils who opt to take Art Graphic Communications will complete a diverse range of workshops centered around a range of graphic design disciplines. These include:

  • Branding and Logo development
  • Posters and Adverts
  • Illustration
  • Typography
  • Packaging Design
  • Design for Print (including Magazines and Newspapers)
  • Infographics and Communication Graphics
  • Signage

Students will explore a range of traditional graphic techniques through printing as well as digital design packages such as Photoshop, Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo.

The pupils will produce an exciting and original personal portfolio in reflection the four assessment objectives.

GCSE PHOTOGRAPHY

Pupils who opt to take Photography will study a range of different styles and techniques and cover the following disciplines: -

  • Studio photography
  • Experimental imagery
  • Location photography
  • Moving Image (film, animation and video)
  • Documentary photography
  • Photo Journalism

Examples of projects students may complete include Learning the Basic Principles of Photography, Experimental Self Portraits, Photographic Alphabets, How to create a Digital Portfolio and Photo Editing using Photoshop.

Key Stage 5 (A Level)

Students in Year 12 will begin a project based upon the theme of Surface and Texture which will lead to an independent investigation into artists of choice and development work. In Year 13, students choose their area of focus for the Contextual Study and produce work relating to that theme.

Clubs

We run Art Clubs at lunchtime and after school. We welcome all students to these clubs and enjoy having a range of ages working together. We also invite exam students to attend coursework surgery sessions after school to ensure that they achieve their highest possible grades.

Art Exhibition

We hold an annual Art Exhibition of GCSE and A Level work in the summer term. This is an opportunity for students, parents and staff to celebrate the hard work by our Art students throughout the year.

Rewards & Competitions

We run various competitions throughout the year, both internal and external, to maintain the level of challenge for our learners including our annual Christmas Card Competition.

We run a month-long series of competitions in the month of October as part of our house system including ’30 Day drawing challenges’ and our ever-popular Halloween themed House Competitions 

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