Art

Contact: Ms S Reidy

Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world.

Students use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. Through art and design activities, students learn to make informed value judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions, becoming actively involved in shaping environments.

Students explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. They learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures.

Understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts have the power to enrich our personal and public lives.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

All students have two art lessons each week and homework is set each second week. By using a broad approach to Art, we aim to provide an interesting, relevant and accessible curriculum which develops all round skills and understanding.  This encompasses skills in drawing, painting, printmaking and 3D, using a broad range of materials and processes; developing knowledge of the Arts and Crafts across different times and cultures and learning to evaluate their own and others’ work by making informed, critical and analytical judgements.  Students are encouraged to develop their curiosity and creativity in an environment that aims to be visually and intellectually exciting.

 Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Art is a popular choice at GCSE and students follow one of four Art and Design courses that are offered.  Students develop their creativity, imagination and knowledge through sustained projects, which last a term and which challenge them to develop their ideas and intentions  through personal, individual responses.  They extend their practical and critical skills with more sophisticated use of materials and processes and through research tasks.  Students engage with art, craft and design in the contemporary world and from different times and cultures. We aim for all students to become confident in using visual language to communicate their own ideas, feelings and meanings as their work develops.

KEY STAGE 4 COURSES OFFERED

GCSE Art & Design Unendorsed – AQA

GCSE Art & Design  Photography – Light Based and Lens Based Media – AQA

GCSE Art & Design Textiles – AQA

GCSE Art & Design Graphics - AQA

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

Two courses are offered, both through EDEXCEL

Art & Design (Undendorsed)

Art & Design Photography – Light Based and Lens Based Media

The key stage 5 courses build on what students have already learned.  AS and A Level encourage them to develop ideas with much greater freedom and experimentation.  Exploration of materials through pushing boundaries and finding innovative ways of creating art works are key to the development of a personal language and understanding of the nature of Art or Photography.  Students will develop their own ideas for each Unit, with teacher guidance.  The courses are aimed at preparing students for subsequent study in Foundation and Degree courses, reflecting the values and concerns of art education at these higher levels and of the nature of contemporary art practice.  Traditional skills including life drawing and painting are provided for Art & Design Unendorsed students, whilst the Photographers will learn about technical aspects of using DSLR cameras, lighting and exposure.    Critical and contextual studies are integral to all work done and students will undertake personal research studies to support their own practice.  Learning about Art, Craft, Design and Photography will focus on understanding the influences (both external and internal) that shape artists’ and designers’ ideas and development and how these have contributed to the development of their ideas and their particular styles of work.

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