Art

The Art department is a vibrant, bustling and energetic department that makes a major contribution to the school’s academic success and extra-curricular life. A real community spirit exists within the Art department through its established ’Open Door’ policy. This is made good use of by pupils of all years who come at all times to complete homework, classwork or for extra tuition.

THE CURRICULUM

In Key Stage 3, the pupils are allocated one lesson per week and follow a rich and varied programme of study. The schemes of work are structured to ensure that by the end of Key Stage Three all pupils have a broad understanding of a wide range of art techniques and the use of media and practices. Homework is issued on a fortnightly basis and covers themes of research, activity and critical studies. Pupils are taught to develop their creativity and ideas and increase proficiency in their execution. They develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work. 

Pupils are set according to their English ability in Key Stage 3 with typically six sets in Years 7, 8 and 9

Pupils are taught:

  • To use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas.
  • To use a range of techniques and media, including painting to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.
  • To analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.

Year 7

Under the Sea Project
Pupils will explore the following processes:

  • Observational drawing skills
  • Shading and blending skills
  • Watercolour painting
  • Block printing
  • Scratchboard
  • Colour theory
  • Critical understanding of the artist Paul Klee

Built Environment Project
Pupils will explore the following processes:

  • Observational drawing skills
  • Shading and blending skills
  • 1 and 2 point perspective drawing
  • Critical understanding of the  Friedensreich Hundertwasser
Year 8

Fruit and Vegetables
Pupils will explore the following processes:

  • Observational drawing skills
  • Shading and blending skills
  • Using a variety of mixed media; oil pastel, felt tip, ink, pointillism, watercolour painting.
  • 3-dimensional work in the form of clay.
  • Computer generated design
  • Critical understanding of the artist Arcimboldo

Cubism Cakes

  • Continuous line drawing
  • Observational drawing skills
  • Shading and blending skills
  • Critical understanding of the art movement Cubism.
  • Batik and wax resist
Year 9

Pop Art Portraits 
Pupils will explore the following processes:

  • Observational drawing skills
  • Shading and blending skills
  • Critical understanding of the art movement Pop Art
  • Using a variety of mixed media; felt tip, pencil crayon, painting showing the technique of pointillism.

Self-Image

  • Observational drawing skills
  • Shading and blending skills
  • Collage
  • Critical understanding of Assemblage Art.
  • Mixed media collage

Rooms and Resources

There is a strong culture of mutual respect between pupils and staff which results in a positive and harmonious working environment. Generally the Art department has around 50 - 60 pupils working during any given lunchtime. After school, the Art department is well attended, mostly by GCSE pupils, until 4:30 p.m.  Monday-Thursday.

The Art department has a floor all to itself with two large rooms that can either be separated and kept as two individual rooms for class teaching, or opened up into a much larger exhibition space.