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Art and Design makes a unique contribution to Academy life and the learning experience of all students.

Art is enjoyable and accessible for all abilities and ages, the department provides a quality experience that can be life enhancing and enriching.

We offer opportunities to experiment and explore many disciplines in Art and Design, enabling students to be creative through expressing individual thoughts, ideas and opinions in varied ways. To respect one another views which challenge their own and to take these into consideration when reviewing and refining their ideas.

Art and Design develops student’s awareness of the visual world and the cultures that have shaped it throughout history. The department promotes decision making and problem-solving, while developing practical skills which can be transferred into all subject areas.


The Art Department Staff

Curriculum Leader: Miss C Dadson 

Curriculum Leader: Miss C Dadson

“I enjoy every day being able to share my passion for Art with all the students. I am fortunate to be able to inspire them and to open their eyes to the amazing visual world we live in.”

Teacher: Miss N Walsh 

Teacher: Miss N Walsh

"Each day I enjoy giving students the opportunity to be creative, challenged and expressive using a range of Art techniques, inspired by the Art we see every day."

 


Curriculum

Key Stage 3

The Art department opens the student’s eyes to the world of Visual Arts in a broad sense.

In year 7 students study:  Patterns and Portraits. Year 8: Landscapes and Everyday Objects. Year 9: Natural Forms and Pop Art.

Students will be taught Art for two lessons a week for one term only throughout the year, half a term at a time.

Throughout KS3 students will be taught the visual language of Art and Design through the promotion of skills, knowledge and understanding. All topics will encourage students to recognize and appreciate qualities of line, tone, texture, pattern, colour, shape, form and space etc.

Students are given the opportunity to work with a variety of materials using different tools and techniques. These will include paint, collage, printmaking, drawing, photography, mark-

Students are introduced to the use of sketchbooks and are encouraged to use them to record observations and gather resources to help stimulate and develop imaginative ideas.

Stimuli generally used includes using the school environment, objects from nature, the home and themselves. Work from other artists and other cultures is introduced where appropriate.

Themes are introduced whereby students are encouraged to look for meanings in their work and in other artists' work.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Fine Art

Work produced for this qualification will demonstrate the use of formal elements and creative skills, and give form to individual thoughts, feelings, observations and ideas. Students will show evidence of trying to extend their own and others’ ways of seeing the world. They will use the language of the subject sensitively and thoughtfully to support their intentions.

Students will develop skills in:

  • Creative and imaginative ability and the practical skills for engaging with and for communicating and expressing original ideas, feelings and meanings in art, craft and design.
  • Investigative, analytical, experimental and interpretative capabilities, aesthetic understanding and critical and enquiring minds, with increasing independence.
  • Cultural knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design and of the media and technologies used in different times, contexts and societies.
  • Personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment.

The course consists of two units of work:

  • Unit 1: Personal Portfolio in Art and Design (60% of overall grade) - Environments
  • Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment / Exam (40% of overall grade)
GCSE Art, Craft and Design

The GCSE in Art, Craft and Design is a broad and flexible course that requires students to develop an appreciation of the creative process through a practical response, using a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, materials, techniques and processes.

Students should explore critically how artists, craftspeople and designers from diverse cultures, times and societies have arrived at solutions and communicated meaning using the formal elements. Students should use this knowledge when developing new ideas, recording observations and creating outcomes which fully realise their personal intentions.

Students will develop skills in:

  • Creative and imaginative ability and the practical skills for engaging with and for communicating and expressing original ideas, feelings and meanings in art, craft and design.
  • Investigative, analytical, experimental and interpretative capabilities, aesthetic understanding and critical and enquiring minds, with increasing independence.
  • Cultural knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design and of the media and technologies used in different times, contexts and societies.
  • Personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment.

The course consists of two units of work:

  • Unit 1: Personal Portfolio in Art and Design (60% of overall grade) - Environments
  • Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment / Exam (40% of overall grade)
BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Art and Design

The BTEC course is a vocationally related qualification, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, they are popular and effective because they engage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Firsts motivate learners and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.

The course includes 3 internally set assignments: (75% of the overall grade)

UNIT 1: Introduction to Specialist Pathways in Art and Design - Culture

UNIT 3: Communication Ideas in 2D - Environments

UNIT 4: Communicating Ideas in 3D - Masks

The course will include one external assessment: (25% of the overall grade)

UNIT 2: Creative Project in Art and Design 20 hours prep, 10 hours final piece

The final assessment will take place in April of year 11, it will be a 10 hour piece of work which will be carried out under controlled supervised exam conditions.

Key Stage 5

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design

This is a practical Level 3 course for students with a real enthusiasm for art and design who are seeking a career in this growing and exciting industry. This course is ideal if you wish to experience a wide range of art and design disciplines before specialising in a subject pathway.

You will learn by completing assignments based on realistic workplace activities and live briefs and have the opportunity to visit art and design exhibitions, museums and galleries related to various aspects of the course. You will be continuously assessed through your course work which includes practical and written assignments. Throughout the course you will be creating a portfolio of work in your chosen pathway.


To view the Long Term Science Plan please click here.


Extra-Curricular Activities

Clubs
  • KS3 Art Club every Wednesday 3-4pm – open to all students who would like to develop their skills further in this subject.

Useful Links

NAME TEL WEB ADDRESS
Tate Britain 020 7887 8000 (Recorded information 020 7887 8008) www.tate.org.uk/britain
Tate Modern 020 7887 8000 (Recorded information 020 7887 8008) http://www.tate.org.uk/modern
Hayward Gallery 020 7960 4249  
National Gallery 020 7747 2885 information@ng-london.org.uk | www.nationalgallery.org.uk
National Portrait Gallery 020 7306 0055 www.npg.org.uk
Royal Academy 020 7300 8000 020 recorded information: 7300 5760/1 www.royalacademy.org.uk
William Morris Gallery 020 8527 3782  
British Museum 0207 323 8299 www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk
Victoria and Albert Museum 020 7942 2000 www.vam.ac.uk
RAF Museum Duxford 01223 835 000 www.iwm.org.uk/duxford
Kettles Yard 01223 352124 http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk
Saatchi Gallery 020 7624 8299 www.the-artists.org/eyestorm/saatchi
Courtauld Institute 020 7848 2526  
Natural History Museum 020 7942 5000 www.nhm.ac.uk
Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge 01223 332900/332937 www.fitzmuseum.cam.org.uk
Kew Gardens 020 8332 5000 www.rbgkew.org.uk
National Museum of Photography, Film & Television   www.nmpft.org.uk
Yorkshire Sculpture Park   www.ysp.co.uk
Crafts Council   www.craftscouncil.org.uk
Guggenheim Museum   www.guggenheim.org
Design Museum   www.designmuseum.org.uk
The Museum of Modern Art   www.moma.org
Imperial War Museum   www.iwm.org.uk
New British Artists   www.newbritishartists.co.uk
Centre Pompidou   www.cnac-gp.fr

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