Art


Overview

The department’s aim is to bring out the best in all students, regardless of their previous experience or talents. We make sure we provide students with a wide range of practical and analytical opportunities, allowing them to discover and develop their own creative style.


Key Staff

Mrs Akhtar
Teacher of Art

Miss Bailey
Teacher of Art


Facilities

Art is taught in three specialist classrooms which benefit from a great deal of natural light and space. Students have access to a wide range of materials, with many choosing to specialise in oil paint by the time they reach Year 11. The department benefits from excellent ICT facilities so that students can explore the effects of digital art alongside more traditional techniques.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The key stage three curriculum builds solid foundations in all the key areas of art and design, ensuring all students are prepared for further study. Students will become confident in drawing and painting from direct observation, using photography as a way of gathering information and the importance of taking creative risks with their practical work.

There is also an emphasis on the importance to be able to write and speak analytically in response to the work of artists.

  • Year 7: students explore colour theory and Impressionist art, masks from different cultures and natural forms.
  • Year 8: students develop their practical abilities further by learning about portraiture, still life and street art.
  • Year 9: students begin preparing for GCSE study by working with a more independent approach to their projects.

These include landscape, architecture and surrealism.


How parents can support

Whilst students will be introduced to a number of different artists through school, they will benefit from trips to museums and galleries. Key stage three students are provided with a sketchbook for their homework and are welcome to use the materials and facilities to complete this. If students are given space to complete their artwork and encouragement this has a huge impact on their progress.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Key stage four students study Fine Art with OCR exam board. During the course, students are encouraged to take ownership of their projects, selecting themes and ideas that are of special interest to them. In this way they can build a portfolio of work that they are proud of. They will be required to produce two bodies of work, one of which is a personal portfolio and the other is a direct response to themes set by the exam board.

In both projects, students must show skill in:

  • Recording from observation and presenting ideas.
  • The exploration of materials and techniques, with the ability to refine ideas.
  • Analysing the work of relevant artists and using these to shape the direction of their project.
  • The presentation of a professional final piece.

Key stage four students are also expected to keep an independent sketchbook that supports their portfolio. Students are provided with a great deal of support by their subject teachers and they are welcome to use the art rooms after school or in their break times if they wish to spend more time on their portfolios.


How parents can support

The OCR website contains more information about the course and the way it is marked. Whilst there is no written exam, students do need time and support to allow them to complete their sketchbooks to a high standard. They have access to lots of materials at school but drawing pencils and some basic paints will be beneficial at home (although not essential).


Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Key stage five students study Fine Art with OCR and the course follows on from their key stage four experience. Benefitting from four lessons a week, students make rapid progress and produce work to a professional standard. A Level Art consists of two projects, a personal portfolio and a response to a theme set by the exam board.

In both projects, students must show skill in:

  • Recording from observation and presenting ideas.
  • The exploration of materials and techniques, with the ability to refine ideas.
  • Analysing the work of relevant artists and using these to shape the direction of their project.
  • The presentation of a professional final piece.

Alongside the practical portfolio, students will be required to complete a written essay in which they analyse the work of relevant artists and their influence.


How parents can support

The OCR website contains more information about the course and the way it is marked. Students are not set specific homework tasks but will be expected to work each week in their sketchbooks and portfolio. Successful students don’t rely solely on lesson time to complete their work. Whilst their subject teachers monitor their work closely, encouragement at home is really beneficial.


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