In Year 7 students will be introduced to the concept of feeling safe and confident in their new environment through exploration of the formal elements. Year 8 builds on this experience, introducing a range of new techniques and providing an avenue for personal expression. Under the heading of Urban Life, Year 9 students have the opportunity to improve their observational skills through exploration of art in the community – They learn the basic rules of perspective, producing a final outcome which reflects personal interests and creative talents. Contextual referencing is an integral part of all units of work.
The KS3 programme encourages constructive option choices.
Key Stage 4
Supported in their decision to continue Art at examination level, students will follow the Fine Art course offered by Edexcel.
The GCSE syllabus covers a range of activities and in-depth assignments which encourage students to develop their observational, research and investigative skills through the exploration of different media and techniques. They will be guided in their selection of appropriate contextual references and helped to express ideas, thoughts and feelings in the realisation of finished pieces.
Educational visits enhance the students work and the most successful students will spend extra time in the art rooms during lunchtime and/or after school.
Key Stage 5
Students will follow the Art, Craft and Design programme offered by AQA. This broad-based course explores practical, critical and contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D media and processes.
Work at this level is challenging and highly individual. Students are expected to develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding. Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops. Recording of ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions is a major focus, allowing students to reflect critically on their work and progress in order to successfully present a personal and meaningful response. Educational visits enhance the sixth form syllabus.
All sixth form students are expected to continue work during private study periods, lunchtime and/or after school.
Department Resources Available:
Equipment can be lent to students if considered necessary for personal progression.
Extra-Curricular Activities Offered:
Lunchtime and/or after school facilities are available most days of the week.