The Visual Arts department endeavours to equip students with ability to question, analyse and experiment, as well as enabling them to achieve the ability to develop creative thinking skills, confidence in challenging their own perception of Art and Design in a wider social content. The department endeavours to provide each student with individual pathways in order develop personal inquiries and challenges.
In the Autumn term students are introduced to different ways of mark making as well as the key fundamentals of Visual Arts this includes- shade, tone, composition, ration, perspective to name a few.
As we progress through the year students are able to develop these skills in two further projects. We look at the “Natural Habitats” of animals as well as “Portraits”.
Many students arrive in year 7 with a very mixed ability. We support and encourage self-esteem and confidence within the lesson. Many students like the subject but are weak in several skills. We encourage and empower our year 7’s to embrace the new skills we give them and practise as much as possible at home to hone their new skills.
Year 8 is an exciting year as we focus on developing our painting and drawing skills in a Pop art project. Looking at Art history surrounding the topic as well as discussing how innovation and lifestyle took off in the 1950’s and 1960’s post war era.
Later on in the year we concentrate on sculpture and usually create masks of some description. Last year we researched gargoyles and the year before saw a clear African influence. We like to change the outcomes slightly so each year group has an individual theme.
In year 9 we explore mixed media, printing and develop painting and sculpture skills in readiness for the GCSE course. By this point students have already chosen their option for Visual Arts and we ensure that we develop their techniques to ensure progress.
Year 10 and 11
Students explore and research different topics that allow them to focus on themes and others’ work (Artists, Crafts people and Designers).
The projects allow students to research, refine, modify and review their work regularly to ensure that their best work is produced.
Students receive regular feedback on their work and how to improve, we offer catch up clinics and after school sessions for students to spend time on their work outside of classroom conditions.
Year 12 and 13
We teach BTEC Art and Design following the Pearson Edexcel framework. Students follow projects that are Client based- emulating the real world as much as possible.
There are exams at the end of each year.
Many of our students go off to university and Art College to study further. Recently several students went on to study architecture, interior design graphics and product design.
- Mrs Abay – Curriculum Leader
- Miss Law – Subject Teacher