The Art Department
The aim of the Art Department is to encourage and assist students to develop their visual awareness and artistic talents. This is achieved through analytical recording, creative expression and the understanding and appreciation of the work of artists from a variety of different times and cultures. To do this, students explore ideas using a wide range of two and three dimensional techniques and materials.
The department has two computers, and access to four ICT suites as facilities for research and designing. All students are encouraged to develop 2D and 3D work as an extra-curricular activity during lunchtime and after school sessions.
The Art Curriculum
Students spend the first three years learning the disciplines which lead to effective visual expression with continual assessment before choosing to enter an exam course in Years 10 and 11. Throughout the course, great importance is placed on drawing skills and learning to use the visual elements. There are opportunities to gain experience in printmaking, mixed media, collage, digital design, IT, sculpture and painting. Reference is also made to the historical and critical aspects of Art and their impact on our society. Students study the work of particular artists and look at architecture and artefacts to learn about western and eastern cultures and traditions.
Drawing, painting and printing skills are developed and refined, especially during Year 10 and 11 with professional materials and art journals are kept from Year 7. An interesting range of artwork is always on display in the school and an end of GCSE art exhibition is held to showcase the student’s talents.
Mrs R. Stammers – Head of Art
GCSE Exam Board
Edexcel examination board
Year 10 and Year 11 candidates will be expected to produce a personal portfolio for their coursework with accompanying journal and a unit of work for their Externally Set Assignment as set by EDEXCEL Examination Board. Year 11 candidates will sit the 10 hour Mock Exam in December and the final Exam in March, the GCSE candidates are also expected to display their work in a public exhibition.