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The Art and Design Faculty

Art And Design Faculty

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail – Edwin Land

Our aim is to, help all pupils ENJOY ART, help all pupils to develop their creative potential to the full and create LOVELY ART WORK, Help pupils to UNDERSTAND OTHER ARTISTS and develop an appreciation of the AMAZING VISUAL WORLD around them!

Staff team

Mrs N Cotton – Head of Art and  Assistant Head teacher
Mrs I Clifton – Teacher of Art (Responsibility for Art and Design Key Stage 3)
Miss F Bennett – Art Technician

 

At Key Stage 3 we deliver a broad syllabus which focuses on the development of each student’s core Art and Design skills in 2D and 3D and introducing students to analytical and conceptual skills to build awareness visual culture. In Year 7 we focus on colour and recording through drawing, painting, printmaking, ICT and ceramics. During this year we aim to build foundations through examining the formal relationships in art making, e.g. line, tone, colour and texture; in 8 we continue to build on these formal foundations and encourage students to consider responding personally to subject matter, political and social issues and historical conventions; in Year 9 we aim to prepare students for GCSE level through deeper and more extended personal units. Students achieve this through in depth practical work in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and design, the emphasis is on experimenting and exploring a wide range of media. Threaded throughout this stage is learning about the work of ancient to contemporary artists and these form a central role throughout this period of foundation learning.

Art GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor

 

Through the success of our KS3 curriculum, OCR GCSE Art is a very popular choice for students at Key Stage 4 Level. The students are able to take the opportunity to delve deeper into the subject and develop themselves are young artists. The core aims are to build upon vital foundation skills, but also increasingly to develop a mature, individual and independent approach to learning that enables them to confidently develop the focus of their own work. The course includes a significant element of contextual research and analysis with the intention of building the confidence of students to interact and respond to many aspects of visual culture. Throughout the course students have the opportunity to experience live work and artists at work through gallery visits and local/national artist led workshops.

OCR GCSE Art and Design (9-1) (from 2016)Art GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor

 

Many of ours students choose to continue building on their success at GCSE and pursue an advanced level of Art and Design. At Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form) we teach GCE Advanced Level Art and Design and we follow the AQA syllabus. The course is rigorous and stimulating in content and which focuses on the further development of our student’s artistic abilities. Drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and photography act as the starting points for investigation through sustained personal study into 2 and 3 dimensions. A high proportion of students go on to continue their art studies, either at university or on arts foundation courses.  Information can be found here AQA | Art and Design | AS and A-level | Art and Design

In The Classroom

Extra Curricular

  • Weekly Art clubs for KS3/4/5
  • Opportunities to work with local artists and workshops
  • Participation in Art Exhibition both inside and outside school
  • Focussed workshops for key groups

We run a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for students. There are regular lunchtime and afterschool clubs. All students are welcome to develop specialist art skills and use a range of different materials. We also offer gallery visits to London and Cambridge galleries throughout all stages.

 

Gifted and Talented

Students identified as Gifted and Talented in Art have demonstrated a particular flair or ability in a different area of Art, this could be drawing, painting, printmaking or sculpture. In recognising them, we aim to offer them the opportunity to be challenged and given the opportunity to further develop their ability both in their timetabled lessons and in extra-curricular activities.