Key Stage 3
Art is taught to all pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 for 1 lesson a week.
Pupils experience a broad and balanced curriculum which focuses on developing pupils’ creativity and thinking skills. We encourage personal expression and develop powers of observation, sensitivity and visual literacy. Pupils develop their skills in using a wide variety of media and techniques, inspired by the working methods of a diverse range of artists, designers and craftspeople from different times and cultures.
Pupils are set home projects based on the topics they are covering in their Art lessons. These projects usually last three to four weeks.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Art and Design:
GCSE Art is an optional subject in key stage 4. Pupils study the GCSE Art and Design (AQA unendorsed) course.
Coursework: 60% Controlled test: 40%
Pupils are able to develop their Art and Design skills by experiencing a wide range of disciplines. They are taught to use a wide variety of drawing and painting media and have opportunities to work with textiles, clay, printmaking, photography, ICT and 3-D construction. Pupils are encouraged to experiment and to work independently.
Home Learning: Pupils continue to add to their sketchbooks at home every week. Sometimes they will be required to complete a longer home project over the summer holidays.
Extra curricular activities
Pupils are always welcome in the art rooms at break and dinner times. We currently run an art club for KS3 pupils on Tuesdays after school and for KS4 pupils on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school. We run annual “Big Draw” events and celebrate “Children’s Art Day”. Artwork is displayed throughout school and is respected and enjoyed by everyone.
Teaching Staff: Mrs W. Dickinson (Head of Dept), Ms. C. Salisbury.