Art

KS3

The department is equipped with good ceramic facilities, including a kiln.  We also have a print press, an SLR camera and Apple Macbooks.

In KS3 the Art and Design curriculum explores a wide variety of materials, processes and techniques to enable the students to create challenging outcomes and build self esteem.  Each project encompasses research skills, observational drawing, formal elements and responses to the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from different times and cultures.  Students are encouraged to reflect critically on their own work and others.

We encourage learning from the outer environment and take opportunities to adapt the curriculum to fit in with current art exhibitions. Trips to Galleries, museums or other places of interest are always encouraged.

KS4

Year 10

Year 10 are now following the WJEC, GCSE Art and Design Course.  The course promotes creativity, imagination, critical thinking and the exploration of ideas. Throughout the course students will communicate their ideas using a range of media, processes and techniques. Unit themes are carefully chosen to ensure that the students are able to include their interests and to inspire a personal response.

Year 11

Year 11 are following the BTEC level 1 and 2 art and design course.   This is a practical, vocational based qualification which allows students to explore their creativity in many different ways. They are given a scenario based brief which gives them the opportunity to work as designers, artists or craft workers.  

The course will give students the opportunity to explore, painting and drawing, ceramics, 3D communication and textiles. Digital media is included as part of the design process. 

Students are encouraged to fulfil their full potential; therefore we support students in achieving ‘Merits’ within this qualification.

GCSE Art and Design Option (KS4)

The Art and Design curriculum is designed to give students the opportunity to express ideas, thoughts and feelings using a range of materials processes and techniques.  The course is personalised to accommodate the students’ needs and interests.  They are encouraged to be creative, imaginative and communicate in a tactile and visual way.  An important element of the course is responding to the work of other artists, craft workers and designers.

The course consists of the following units:

Unit 1

60%
This unit is  coursework and a  portfolio of work will be completed during year 10 and 11. They are encouraged to pursue their interests and explore a variety of materials, techniques and processes to communicate their ideas.  Students will have the opportunity to visit galleries and investigate the work of different artists.

Unit 2

40%
This is an Externally set assignment. Students will be given a range of starting points which are open to personal interpretation.  Students will have 6 weeks to prepare for their controlled 10 hour exam, which is conducted over 2 - 3 days.

GCSE is graded A*, A, B,C, D, E, F and G

Art Curriculum Overview