We believe that a high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils and equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
As pupils progress, we encourage our art pupils to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design in the wider world. Pupils are encouraged to explore and gain an understanding into how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Our KS3 curriculum teaches pupils to develop their creativity and ideas At GCSE level we focus on increasing their proficiency in their execution within a range of media and techniques. All students are encouraged to develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers and are expected to be able to express reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.
All pupils are taught –
•To use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
•To use a range of techniques and media, including painting
•To increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
•To analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
•About the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.
In our rapidly changing world, where today’s technology and practices are out-of-date tomorrow, creative flexibility is an essential skill. GCSE Art & Design not only develops this skill, it can also lead to an exciting future in an art-related occupation - the UK’s second highest employment sector.
How will I learn?
Students are required to demonstrate knowledge, skill and understanding in a range of art and design disciplines. This process starts in year 10 with teacher-led learning which establishes a foundation in painting & drawing, ceramics, printing, constructs, methods and the application of ICT in art. As the course progresses, students gain more independence and, with the support and guidance of their teacher, take the lead in their own work.
How will I be assessed?
Students are required to produce one unit of course work (worth 60%) and carry out a controlled test (worth 40%) by the end of the spring term in year 11. The course work is a portfolio of the student’s best work based around a theme. It should show a logical development leading to a final piece. This includes research, sketchbooks, practical exercises, media experimentation and all preparatory work. The controlled test is broken down into two stages, preparation and examination. Preparation starts with the issue of the exam paper (at the start of the spring term year 11) followed by a period of research and experimentation leading up to a 10-hour exam. Course work and the controlled test are marked by the Art Department staff at the end of the spring term in year 11 before being externally moderated.