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Art

The Art department is a vibrant and exciting space within the school, made up of three experienced and dedicated members of staff.  We provide opportunities to experience a wide range of disciplines and enable students to create diverse and exciting personal outcomes. Our curriculum is based on a wide range of contextual material from historical works of Art to more contemporary works and cultures.

We strive to make the Art department the focus for visual learning throughout the school. Our excellent examples of student’s work are displayed around the school building, showcasing the high standards that we achieve. Our students host regular exhibitions of their work in our gallery space to share their success and inspire others.

Throughout each Key Stage our students are taught a variety of media and techniques. Along with traditional Painting and Drawing we offer Textiles, Print Making, Sculpture, Ceramics and Digital Photography. 

We are a very popular department with increased uptake at Key Stage 4 year on year. Examination results for both GCSE and A Level are among the best in the School, last year we achieved 70% A*-C at GCSE level and 100% A*-C at AS and A Level. Each year many of our A Level students go on to higher education courses in a wide range of Art and Design disciplines.

We encourage our students to pursue and develop their interest in Art outside of lessons by providing extra Art opportunities, including entries into competitions, weekly after school clubs and lunch time clubs.

 

Accommodation

  • Three Art classrooms, with interactive whiteboard/projector facilities.
  • A sixth form Art Studio.
  • A permanent gallery space

Our facilities include:

  • Dark room.
  • Printmaking including a printing press and screen printing.
  • Ceramics.
  • ICT facilities.
  • Digital cameras, including SLR cameras.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

At Key Stage 3 all students follow projects which are based on the formal elements.  Each project that we deliver has a contextual link and a diverse outcome and provides the opportunity for students to develop new skills and experience a broad range of media and techniques.

Year 7

  • Colour: Matisse and The Fauves.
  • Line: Op Art/ Optical illusions.
  • Tone: Expressionist Portraits.

Year 8

  • Pattern: Aboriginal Art.
  • Shape and Form: Litter Bugs.
  • 3D/Texture: Claes Oldenburg Sculptures.