Welcome to Art and Design!
In the Art department we are passionate about the study of art and we believe strongly in its value for each individual student.
Art develops essential critical thinking skills and whereas much of what students’ learn in school is concrete, art classes encourage creative and abstract thought. Skills learnt in art are transferrable and art boosts academic performance, motivation and creativity in other subjects.
As well as developing the ability to analyse, evaluate, problem solve and develop fine motor skills, art teaches students to become visually literate, which is essential for the commercially astute world in which we live today.
Our vision as a department is to create well-rounded students, who are able to work creatively and can succinctly express their own ideas and beliefs through skilful independent work.
At Key Stage 3 all students study Art for one hour a week. Within each year they will complete four projects, which will study different aspects of Art, Craft and Design and build on key skills. Students will learn about artwork from different cultures and about how to develop their own ideas.
At Key Stage 4 students can choose to study either GCSE Fine Art, GCSE Photography or BTEC Art and Design. They will have at least two hours of lessons and will further develop their artistic and analytical skills to produce original and exciting ideas to given themes or project briefs. Both courses combine coursework with a practical examination.
At Key Stage 5 students can choose to study A Level Fine Art, A Level Photography or A Level Graphic Design. All courses have five lessons a week, with a combination of coursework and an externally set exam.
Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities
At KS3: The department run workshops after school for Year 7 and 8 to support and extend the more able students.
At KS4 and KS5: students are able to work in the art rooms during lunchtimes, free periods and after school in order to complete coursework. There is also a dedicated studio with ICT for KS5 students to work independently. Various trips to London galleries take place to support coursework and exam preparation for both key stages. A residential trip for GCSE students to St Ives, Cornwall has also taken place this year. Post 16 students can take part in Life Drawing classes as well as portfolio building workshops with the support of visiting tutors from UCA and UAL. They also take part in outreach work in the local community including organising an annual exhibition of their work at a local museum.
A link to the most recent department review for Art can be found here.