Art, Design & Photography
The Art Department benefits from a purpose built art and photography room with facilities for painting, drawing, print making, 3D work and a photographic studio including a bank of iMacs for digital editing of images.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, students have two Art lessons a week. During Years 7-8 children learn and practice the techniques of drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles and sculpture. New skills are introduced around termly projects which cover a variety of cultures, art movements and artists. In Year 9, previously taught skills and techniques are reinforced, children are also given the opportunity to develop their knowledge of photography and digital editing.
The GCSE Art & Design course is comprised of one unit entitled Personal Portfolio, which is completed throughout Year 10, and the Christmas Term of Year 11. There is also an examination in the form of an Externally Set Assignment. Preparatory work as part of the examination is carried out during the Easter Term and a ten hour timed examination is then completed over two consecutive days during the Summer Term. At GCSE pupils are able to specialise in either Fine Art or Photography. The two courses have been designed to encourage an adventurous and enquiring approach to the subject. The syllabus is designed to be flexible enough for pupils to develop their own work in a more independent way, especially in Year 11. Experimentation and research enables the development of ideas and personal interpretations of a theme, which will in turn lead to the production of a final outcome. Sketchbooks are an essential part of the coursework showing the development of ideas, allowing pupils to record visual information and analyse artists and photographers and their own work.
Children in years 7-9 have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra curricular art and photography activities. Two sessions per week allow small groups of children to work on building skills taught during art lessons but also to experiment with new media such as film, batik, animation and screen printing, as part of the schools enrichment program.