Art and Design

All pupils have Art as part of their timetable in Years 7, 8 and 9 and have 2 or 3 lessons a fortnight (KS3). Pupils are introduced to a broad range of Art media from pencil, and charcoal to watercolour, acrylics, inks, mixed media and 3D using clay or casting and print. They are also introduced to a wide range of traditional, modern and contemporary themes; artists, crafts people and illustrators.  Pupils can choose to continue to study Art as they enter KS4 and KS5.

Extra-curricular activities are an important aspect and they are welcome any lunchtime or afterhours in the art department. Regular exhibitions are held both in school and around the local area. There are also Art gallery trips, residentials for exam classes and workshops. There is a Year 8 Art club on Mondays after school and a Year 7 Art club on Wednesdays after school with Mrs Marshall.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, 9)

These are the exploratory and experimental years, building the corner stones of confidence using materials and media influenced by artists and cultures. We ensure that pupils study ways of recording and exploring through drawing using a range of media in the first stages of their project. Often we will then map out a sequence from 2-D to 3-D or print. We have created oversized large food in the style of Claes Oldenberg and protest imagery based on Picasso’s “Guernica” in Year 9 while year 7 might looking at the Natural World and create ceramic sea creatures that eat up plastic to impress Sir David Attenborough. In Year 8 robots, world architecture and animals feature highly. All students are given an A4 quality sketchbook for class and homework projects.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10, 11)

Pupils choose GCSE Art as a foundation subject and they have 5 lessons a fortnight in both Year 10 and 4 lessons a fortnight in Year 11. It is expected that they will come into Art in their free time in lunch and after school and they will be able to choose the Art elective on Wednesday afternoons.

The start in Year 9 is a coursework unit based on project, “The Elements” for example, experimenting with artists such as René Magritte or Imran Qureshi in paint, print and 3-D. There is also a gallery or museum visit at this stage of the summer term to inform their work in Year 10.

Year 10 continues with project themes for example “Human Condition” or “Conceal/ Reveal”. Pupils may take their work in any direction from painting, sculpture, origami to dress designs, clay work or photography from these starting points.

There is a 5-hour timed assessment in the summer of Year 10 with an 8-week preparatory lead and then a 10-hour timed assessment (PPE) in Year 11 with a similar lead in.

This then prepares the pupil and gains a good portfolio for coursework worth 60% of the overall grade for the final Unit 1. The paper for Unit 2 –The Externally Set Assignment with a choice of 6-7 questions is given out in January and the final controlled 2-day assessment will be at the end of Spring.

All work will need to be in for assessment at the beginning of May.

There is the “Summer Exhibition” in June/July where each pupil presents a piece of work for public display and you are invited to the exhibition.

Exam board: AQA 4200 Level 1 / Level 2 GCSE in Art and Design: 4201 (Unit 1 42011 & Unit 2 42012)

Full details in KS4 brochure

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

At A2 Level, pupils follow a broad media based course experimenting with materials and developing their recording skills working on the theme of “Forest” at AS Level for Unit 1. Pupils may work in any media from painting on canvas, mixed media to sculpture, alginate casting, clay work or installation and photography.

A2 Art, Craft and Design follows the previous course and the controlled time is 3 day or 15 hours in the Spring Term.

All work will need to be in for assessment at the beginning of May.

There is “The Summer Exhibition” in summer where each pupil presents a piece of work for public display and you are invited to the exhibition.

Exam board: AQA A level in Art and Design (QN: 601/4456/7)

AQA A2 Art, Craft and Design

Full details in Sixth Form brochure

Departmental Team

Mrs A Marshall (Head of Department)

Mrs J Jones

Ms A Thomas

Mrs E Titmus

Ms M Greenwood (Technical Support)