Art and Design
Head of Department:
Ms J Smith
Miss L Tidman
Accommodation and Resources:
The department is based in five rooms. Although the art rooms have some provision for specialist work, it is necessary to deliver the full range of Art and Design within them and utilise the specialist facilities when and where appropriate.
This is a specialist textile room with 22 sewing machines located around the perimeter of the room.
This room is suitable for work in all media. The kiln is situated in a small room within Y5, to process and recycle the clay there is a pug mill, which is to be used only by staff and the technician.
Y5 houses basic art and design equipment and materials. There are two computers that are linked to the printer in Y8.
Adjacent to Y5, this room is suitable for work in all media.
It houses basic art and design equipment and materials without possessing any items of a specific nature. There are two computers that are linked to the printer in Y8.
This is a book able art ICT suite. It compromises of 12 Apple Mac computers, colour printer and an over-head projector.
The largest of the four rooms, it is suitable for work in all media, especially printmaking, having an etching press.
A small area has been divided off within his room to enable the 6th form to work in their free time.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum:
The aim of Art and Design at Key Stage 3 is to introduce pupils to a wide range of media and techniques in both two and three dimensions, through exciting theme-based projects.
Linking the pupils’ learning and development through a range of cultural and contextual themes is an important part of the syllabus, covered through a wide range of projects and approaches. This is intended to place the students’ experiences within context the work of other artists and cultures.
An essential part of the course is the development of the pupils’ skills of research and recording through the use of sketchbooks and journals both at school and home.
Pupils have the opportunity to experience working in the full range of media, such as drawing and painting, printmaking, ceramics, mixed media, sculpture and computer generated artwork.
All pupils also experience working in Art Textiles for half of the academic year; this gives them the chance of using sewing machines and learning different textile skills and techniques.
Projects are generally run in half-termly blocks and assessment is carried out as an ongoing part of the teaching programme, in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum:
GCSE Unendorsed from September 09
The course is divided into two areas: the controlled assessment and the externally set task.
The controlled assessment is worth 60% of the final grade. The controlled assessment will develop drawing skills and introduce students to a wide variety of 2D and 3D media and techniques. Their understanding of artists’ work will develop and enable them to use their work to inspire their own creative thoughts and artwork. Students will have the opportunity to work in two or more areas from the following list, subject to timetabling and teacher specialism.
Applied: vocational/client - orientated.
Fine Art: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, photography.
Graphic Communication: illustration, print, advertising.
Textile Design: Fashion, costume, stitched and embellished textiles.
The externally set task is available from the 1st January in the year of their examination and is worth 40% of the final grade. Students will be allocated a set time to develop one of the externally set questions and will given 10 hours of supervised time to complete a personal outcome in response to their chosen starting point.
There are 4 assessment objectives that need to be met in both the controlled assessment and externally set task.
Key Stage 5 Curriculum:
This is a two-year course. Students complete three units in Year 12 to gain an AS qualification and three in Year 13 to gain a full ‘A’ Level.
The aim of the course is to develop on the skills learned at KS4 and to give the students opportunities of working to develop skills and techniques working to themes in two or three dimensions. They will also be required to work to set briefs as if working for a client and when possible real clients will be found. They will also learn more about art history and develop a better understanding of when and why work was created and for what purpose. The external units are designed to test students understanding and knowledge as well as their art skills.
There are 3 assessment objectives that need to be met in each unit.
Extra Curricular Activities:
The department operates after-school GCSE and ‘A’ Level workshops on most days, except Wednesdays, staffed depending on teacher commitments. The students can continue with existing class work or may practice and develop new skills and techniques. KS3 students are welcome to come to these workshops if they need help with homework or class work.
At certain times during the year, the department will run an Art Club, open to pupils from Key Stage 3. These will be promoted in the art rooms when running.