”I am always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them.”
Observe. Experiment. Explore. Do it more than once. Make mistakes. Don’t use your first idea. Change things. Have an opinion. Process rather than outcome. Edit. Slow down. Speed up. Question. Collaborate. Take risks. Repeat yourself. Allow accidents to happen. Imitate. Trust your instinct. Do it more than once. Do something. Getting it wrong is getting it right. Beg, steal and borrow from other artists. Act don’t react.
KS3 Art & Design
We encourage our students explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. Students reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.
Year 7 follow a Creative Opening Minds curriculum. Topics include: Still life- drawing and painting, Pop Art- printing, Portrait- drawing and collage, Figure- sculptures and landscape work.
Year 8 Topics:
The Natural World
The Built Environment
Year 9 Topics:
KEY CONCEPTS: Creativity, Competence, Cultural & Critical Understanding
At Key stage 4, student artists are introduced to new and exciting ideas about art through a series of thematic workshops; deep personal ideas and concepts are explored as they develop an extensive portfolio based around themes such as ‘Identity’, ‘Surfaces’ or ‘Transition’
The GCSE Art course aims to develop:
- 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.
A Level Photography
During your first year students are introduced to photographic practice both historical and contemporary. Coursework is organised thematically and candidates will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of techniques and approaches. The emphasis is on solving creative problems through research and practical exploration. You will create Critical Studies PowerPoint’s and photo blogs which document your progress in recording a variety of insights, ideas and experiences in a largely visual form. You will learn about different styles, genres and traditions in the history of photography. You will become proficient users of Photoshop and Visits to galleries and museums featuring photography are an integral part of the course. During the second year students will be expected to undertake more independent research of a broader range of artists and designers, including photographers and will be encouraged to explore a variety of presentational devices including multimedia, film and installation. Student develop their own websites and photo blogs this reflects the increased ambition and scale of students’ work at A2 level.
A level Fine Art
Students should have an understanding of the basic elements of art, colour, tone and form. They should also have some understanding of the place of art, craft and design in the world. The skills that will be developed during the course are varied but include:
- A working knowledge of materials, practices and technology within art
- Being able to convey and interpret ideas using fine art disciplines
- Being able to develop imaginative and creative powers and experimental, analytical and documenting skills.
- Painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking, photography and digital media
During their second year students will follow a similar working pattern as the first year but in greater depth. They will also have the opportunity of producing art using a great variety of materials and processes, e.g. painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography and digital media and a written personal study.