Art and Design
Our vision is to give all pupils the opportunities to be inspired, informed and creative learners. This course provides an opportunity for individuals who are interested in art and design to explore, develop and test their creativity within a structure that will provide a sound base of skills and knowledge. It will also enhance self-confidence and reveal the potential. This course will allow you to cover the fundamentals of art and design such as drawing, painting, mix media, 3D making skills, fine art, textiles/fashion and graphics/ illustration.
Learners are able to engage in positive art experiences and are presented with many different opportunities to develop and progress in their artistic abilities and skills. They will work with a range of 2D, 3D, and 4D materials using a broad range of artistic techniques.
At KS3 pupils experience and work with a variety of mediums and develop techniques and influential styles from local and famous artists, selected themes, and current affairs. At KS4 pupils are encouraged to build and refine their artistic skills learnt in KS3. Sixth form students that choose to study Art and Design at KS5 are given the opportunity to develop a broad foundation of critical, practical, and theoretical skills at AS level, we offer learners a holistic approach to understanding a range of practices and contexts in the visual arts, crafts, and design fields, culminating in greater specialism and achievement at A level.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7, pupils learn about colour theory and are introduced to watercolours and colour mixing.
Pupils develop 2D and 3D artistic skills by studying the art elements these being tone texture colour, scale, perspective, and composition.
This is delivered in a variety of ways through interesting tasks such as collage, ceramics, and observational studies.
Pupils research local and famous artists such as Paul Klee, Helen Elliot, and Sarah Graham they use this artwork to inspire and influence their work.
In Year 8 pupils produce pieces of artwork focussing on still life, observational and landscape drawings. They use a variety of materials such as vinyl, collage, water colour and ink. From observational drawings of man-made and natural objects, pupils are able to design and create bold and colourful pattern borders for their painting Mamani Mamani style composition.
Painting skills are further developed through the analysis and research of the artist Hokusai. Pupils are provided with the opportunity to create dynamic wave compositions in different scales individually or as a group.
In Year 9 pupils are encouraged to research and discuss different artists and evaluate their Artworks. Pupils are required to design and create a graffiti tag based on research of different fonts and word art imagery. The key artist in this unit of work is Banksy.
The Portraiture scheme of work is delivered to pupils through a series of timed challenged activities, observational drawing studies, and a variety of techniques and materials in order to create bold and striking artworks.
Pupils participate in a ceramic workshop inspired by the Day of the Dead and artist Jose Guadaloop to develop and construct colourful and patterned ceramic sculptures.
Key Stage 4
Pupils participate in a range of workshops, some of which are run by external artistic practitioners. Pupils are therefore exposed and work alongside professionals and gaining insights into their artistic practice.
KS4 pupils are encouraged to familiarise themselves with a range of materials and draw upon their artistic strengths and interests and refine these to their best of their ability.
Pupils are presented with opportunities to create a body of work rich in Life drawing, Lino printing, textiles, collage, 3d construction, ceramics, observational drawings, media, photography and Photoshop.
Pupils are also required to annotate and evaluate their studies thoroughly in their sketchbooks and provide research on artists and themes which inspire them as a starting point for their Personal investigation.
This holistic approach to their learning allows the pupils to understand their strengths in particular techniques and artistic genres.
As part of KS4 coursework, pupils choose a theme of their choice to study for their ‘Personal investigation’. Ongoing ideas and techniques are refined and consolidated in sketchbooks and a comprehensive body of work is produced.
Key Stage 5
At A Level, pupils are able to explore overlapping genres to specialize in. These include:
- Fine Art
- Critical and Contextual Studies
- Textile Design
- Graphic Communication
- Three-Dimensional Design
An extended exploratory portfolio and body of work based on themes and subject matter relevant to the pupil is produced this year. Conceptual ideas are consolidated and artistic practice refined to produce considered art outcomes.
Art excursions to national and local galleries, artists in residence and art workshops run by visiting local artists provide further stimulus and inspiration to pupil’s visual literacy and art experience inside and outside school.
Pupils are also geared up to explore university, college and career opportunities within the creative sector.
Resources and Home Learning
Pupils are welcomed into a stimulating department to access all aspects of Art and Design.
The purpose-built classrooms and photography studio are fully resourced, so that a variety of media and techniques can be developed by all pupils.
In addition to this the department has a Kiln and offers specialist digital tablets and cameras.
Pupils are encouraged to work on their sketchbooks and develop their techniques further at home including using their phones for digital development.
A blended learning approach is used in the department using Classcharts to record independent tasks and supporting assignments set up on Teams.
The department gives pupils the opportunities to develop and showcase their skills through local and national projects, including the national competitions, school eisteddfod and URDD competitions.