The department is equipped with good ceramic facilities, including a kiln, print press, an SLR camera and iPads, The department encourages students to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas through images, processes, materials and techniques. A safe space is created for students to explore their creativity by being curious, playful and viewing mistakes positively.
Students have the opportunity to record their responses from direct observation, memory and imagination.
Units of work encompass a broad range of techniques, including both 2D and 3D work, including painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, digital media, photography, sculpture, textiles, mixed media and ceramics.
At all stages, students are encouraged to be reflective by showing the development of their ideas and annotating their work, particularly in Key Stage 4
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3 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 the work of 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 organised to provide enriching experiences.
GCSE Art and Design Option (Key Stage 4).
Year 10 and 11 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 trigger a personal response. 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. All work is creatively presented in their A3 sketchbooks, which include annotations and display the development of ideas.
The course consists of the following units:
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.
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 the controlled 10 hour exam, which is conducted over 2 - 3 days.
GCSE is graded 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1.