Art lessons embody some of the most creative types of learning. Our aim is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, whilst encouraging the development of independent learners. Students will become equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design, whilst extending their confidence to take creative risks.
We have created a well-resourced and stimulating environment within our three specialist classrooms, where success and achievement are valued and celebrated.
Art lessons aim to ensure that all students:
- produce creative, imaginative and personal work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences through observation and experimentation;
- become proficient in drawing, painting, printing, sculpture, photography and other art, craft and design techniques;
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design, using CoProFoMo (Content, Process, Form and Mood) and the formal elements of line, shape, form, tone, texture, pattern, colour and composition;
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers, art movements and styles and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
The Art department has high expectations of our students’ attainment, development and personal conduct and promotes learning that supports the perception and understanding of spiritual, moral, social, cultural and emotional issues within a visual context.
Art is part of the core curriculum at Key Stage 3 with both Art and Photography options available at GCSE.
In June we held the GCSE Art and Photography exhibition showcasing the talents of our Year 11 students. It was a very enjoyable evening with some extremely impressive work on display. You will find more information and examples of the wonderful art work under ‘Art – Achievements’.
Outside the classroom
We will be offering a range of enrichment opportunities throughout the academic year with multi-disciplinary learning experiences for our students. Clubs, such as the following, will be on offer:
- KS3 Art
- KS4 Art and Photography
- KS3 Photography
- KS3 Gifted and Talented
There will also be the opportunity for other activities such as working with visiting artists/designers, workshops, gallery visits, whole school productions and exhibitions.
What can a qualification in Art lead to?
Taking Art could lead to a wide range of career opportunities such as:
Architecture – Engineer – Town planner
Art restoration – Art Historian – Auctioneer
Fashion and Textile industry
Film / Video making – Photography
Fine Art – Painting – Sculpture
Graphic Design – Magazine Editors – Advertisers
Industrial product design
Media – research, reporting, presenting
Teaching – Primary, Secondary, Further Education or Higher Education
Web page designer
Support for your learning
Art is a demanding and challenging subject which is enhanced through independent and personal engagement. Regular visits to as many exhibitions and galleries as possible would be hugely beneficial, as well as viewing art centred documentaries or programmes on television. However, the most important support we would recommend is regular viewing and discussion of the sketchbook – encouraging your child to discuss what they are learning and the artists/themes they are studying.
The Art book – Phaidon Press Ltd
The 20th Century Art Book – Phaidon Press Ltd