Art is the freedom of the individual, the freedom of expression. It is not just a subject to learn but one that you can practice with your eyes, your hands and your whole personality. A language which helps to build a balanced and wider understanding of life.
Photography is taught as a separate course, please see the appropriate page for further information.
Here is a curriculum overview:
Key Stage 3
The Art and Design course is a practical, stimulating and creative course where you can experience a wide variety of teaching and learning styles. The course is divided into exciting projects, including Portraiture (drawing and painting) and Mask Making (3D work) in Year 7. Year 8 topics include Robots (Metal Sculpture), Steampunk/Machinery and architecture.
You will be taught how to use different Art techniques and materials and will learn to be creative with a desire to challenge yourself. We want original and exciting pieces of work so you need to have your eyes open to the potential and beauty in everyday objects.
You will also develop an interest in studying and analysing Art works from a range of sources and in a variety of styles and genres.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Art and Design is an exciting and challenging hands-on course. You will experience a wide variety of teaching and learning styles. The course is divided into manageable and stimulating projects including Fruit & Veg, Distorted Portraiture in Y9, Natural Forms (drawing, painting and sculpture) and Landscapes/Architecture in Y10 (photography and printmaking).
In Year 11, students sit a mock exam with a range of starting points to choose from, ending with a 10-hour controlled assessment. The GCSE exam is an externally set assignment with a 10-hour controlled assessment at the end.
Students will be expected to have achieved a good pass grade (C or above) in GCSE Art.
A Level Art is a two year course divided into AS and A2. Each year comprises two units worth 50%.
The AS is divided into two Units. Unit 1 – Portfolio and Unit 2 – Exam, each worth 50%.
The Portfolio unit offers students the chance to experiment with a wide range of materials and processes.
Project 1 – Students are introduced to ceramics, producing vessel forms using a variety of processes including coiling, slabbing and throwing. (7/8 Weeks)
Project 2 – Students work primarily with 2D materials, exploring a range of techniques and approaches including printmaking, painting, drawing and photography. (7/8 Weeks)
The exam is an externally set entirely practical project which begins on February 1st, ending with a 10-hour controlled assessment.
A2 is divided into two Units. Unit 3 – Personal Investigation and Unit 4 – Exam, each worth 50%.
The Personal Investigation is a much more focused unit of work with students expected to explore a range of sources in their research including primary evidence (galleries, museums etc) wherever appropriate. Students must also complete a 1000 – 3000 word essay. This leads into a substantial final outcome. Students have the opportunity to visit London to help with their research and analysis. Previous examples include War, Mental Health, Figurative Sculpture, and Movement.
The exam is another externally set assignment ending with a 15 hour controlled assessment.