We use art to encourage our students to develop and express their ideas through a variety of media.
Key Stage 3
Art offers a broad based course with a wide range of activities. We start by developing drawing skills which underpin the teaching of sculpture, painting and mixed media. The curriculum also enables pupils to develop their presentation and research skills.
Pupils carry out substantial development and research as part of their project work. Each term a new area of focus is taught to develop new practical skills but that also that challenges the pupils to consider the complexities of visual communication in the modern world. Spiritual, moral and cultural considerations are taken into account as visual narratives are developed.
Through a six week rotation the pupils work on a skills based project which enhances their research and development taught in Art. They learn textile specific skills including hand stitching, applique and stencil printing to create a final outcome. The aim of this rotation is to show the potential of the subject as a distinct GCSE option.
Key Stage 4
The GCSE Fine Art course (AQA Fine Art specification) allows pupils to develop their own interests and skills using a multimedia approach that offers the opportunity to use traditional and contemporary methods. The disciplines of painting and drawing remain popular areas of study for the majority of our learners.
Pupils in Year 11 submit two coursework units (40%) along with a response to a task externally set by the examination board (60%) for assessment.
Many GCSE pupils also use IT within their work. Digital cameras and specialist software including ‘Photoshop’ are regularly used to generate and record work and have been used by some pupils in the creation of films and animation.
GCSE Textiles (AQA Art and Design specification) is coursework based with an examination component (40%). The coursework (60%) comprised of two projects is presented in sketchbooks and presentation boards that lead to a final outcome. The examination is taken towards the end of Year 11 and is the same format as the coursework. Taught through Art and Design, Textiles encourages pupils to research, explore and develop their ideas through personal responses and outcomes whilst exploring, many textile techniques including hand and machine stitching, screen, lino and mono printing, batik and the manipulation of fabrics. Initial ideas are underpinned by contextual research and observational recording through drawing and painting.
Examination results for Fine Art and Textiles have been consistently good with an average of 75% of pupils achieving A*- C grades (6 -9 from 2017). We involve pupils in trips and visits to various galleries whenever possible in order to enrich their understanding and develop fresh ideas for their coursework.
AS and A level
Fine Art (AQA specification)
The Sixth form courses build on the skills and understanding gained at GCSE but encourage a greater level of ambition as the students become increasingly aware of their individual artistic style and creative inspiration.
Students are expected to contextualise their work taking inspiration from the work of others and learning how the art world is heavily influenced by the cultural, social and political issues. There is an expectation that written analysis supports the generation of a substantial amount of practical work. The course allows students to work using a wide range of media and disciplines which includes; painting, drawing, sculpture, digital media, photography, animation and mixed media.
Many of our students continue with their studies at university level.
Art, Craft and Design (AQA specification)
Art, Craft and Design is taught at AS and A level. Students are introduced to a variety of techniques that include; surface print, hand and machine stitching, ceramics and 3D work which are all underpinned by drawing /painting and photography. The AS course allows students to explore these techniques whilst at A level there is an expectation that the skills are refined as personal lines of enquiry are investigated.
The areas of study are set within a clear time schedule to reflect the working practice of artists, designers and craftspeople.
Students are encouraged to create personal responses and outcomes showing evidence of working in at least two of the areas above. Students will look at both contemporary and historical crafts people, artists and designers to support the practical elements of their work. Final submissions can be presented in a variety of ways including sketchbooks and boards.
Many of our students continue with their studies at university level
Alumna Daisy Jacobs recently won at the BAFTAs, Edinburgh Film Festival and received an Academy Award nomination for her work on the animated short film, ‘The Bigger Picture’. You can see more of Daisy’s work on The Bigger Picture on her Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/thebiggerpicturefilm (link opens in new window).
Alice Mew, one of our 2013 A level art students has exhibited her work at the Mall Galleries in London. Members of the local NADFAS (The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) visited our summer show and selected the piece.
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