‘Art is the visual language and we all have something to say’. It is the great leveller of all, if it was not for creativity we would not evolve’ the encouragement of creativity in the art department is key in the development of all other subjects.
It has been the ethos of this department to nurture and encourage the artistic skills of all the student who pass through our doors.
The Art department staff come with a variety of skills, artistic training and experiences, which enable pupils to experience a varied and exciting curriculum. We want all pupils to have a unique and enriching experience of making Art; equipping them with the skills, techniques, knowledge and understanding to produce work to the best of their individual abilities.
We offer an exciting varied and ambitious programme of study.
Our subject area seeks to develop the following in all our students:
- An understanding of the work and approaches of artists, craftspeople or designers from contemporary and/or historical contexts, periods, societies and cultures.
- Ways in which meanings, ideas and intentions can be communicated through visual and tactile language, using the formal elements of art;
- Colour, line, form, shape, tone, texture
- The development and exploration of different materials in a controlled setting
The key stage 3 curriculum is designed to develop students’ art skills such as drawing, painting, creativity and analysing artists’ work; thus giving them a solid base to undertake GCSE Art should they wish to. They will gain this experience through specially designed units of work covering a variety of art movements and themes.
Pupils should be taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. They should develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.
Pupils should be taught:
- to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
- to use a range of techniques and media, including painting
- to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
- to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
- about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.
The Art department follows the Academy policy on homework. Homework tasks involve drawing, research, developing classwork or individual responses. It is essential a disciplined approach towards homework is taken in order for students to fully meet the course requirements,
Trips and Visits:
Visits are arranged during the academic year
- Lunch time art/photography club will run one day a week
- After school photography club may run during the summer term when the students will be able to work outside
How can I support my child at home?
Encourage your child to complete the tasks set on SMHW. Take time to discuss the current topics of study with your child.
The art department has continued to have results which are above national average, we endeavour to maximise the potential of all students who opt for this subject.
Through the GCSE course students cover the following:
- Students are required to develop knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to their chosen art endorsement
- Through integrated practical, critical and contextual study that encourages direct engagement with original works and practice
- Students may work in any medium or combination of media. They can work entirely in digital media or entirely non-digital media, or in a mixture of both, provided the aims and assessment objectives are met
- Students must learn through practical experience and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sources that inform their creative intentions.
- Intentions should be realised through purposeful engagement with visual language, visual concepts, media, materials and the application of appropriate techniques and working methods
- Students must develop and apply relevant subject-specific skills in order to use visual language to
- Communicate personal ideas, meanings and responses
- Students must, over time, reflect critically upon their creative journey and its effectiveness in relation to the realisation of personal intentions
- AQA art and design code 8202
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206 – see address for link to syllabus.
Course component breakdown
The students will cover two units of practical work, one is an internally set coursework project and other is the ESA which concludes with a 10 hour assessment
Unit 1=60% of the final grade
Unit 2=40% of the final grade
The Art department follows the Academy policy on homework. Homework tasks involve drawing, research, developing classwork or individual responses. It is essential a disciplined approach towards homework is taken in order for students to fully meet the course requirements.
Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 36.8% grades 9-4.