Our aim in art is to give students a broad and encompassing insight into the world through art and design. We want to enthuse and excite students about the art they see around them and in developing their own creativity. Students are encouraged to experiment with different styles and materials and explore their own individual style.
Head of department: Miss A Barnard
What will students study?
Students will explore their creative side in response to both traditional and contemporary artwork. Students will gain confidence in observational drawing skills and learn to print, paint and sculpt. Work will be supported with regular homework. They will develop and apply their skills through experimentation, analysis and refining work as it progresses.
Students study the AQA course in Art. Students will build their own portfolios working on personal journeys from a selection of previous AQA themes. Students will support their findings with regular gallery visits. Students will gain more skills using traditional drawing, painting and sculpting media but will work on their own strengths in Year 11. They will develop and apply their skills through experimentation, analysis and refining work as it progresses.
The course provides students with opportunities to develop personal responses, ideas and observations. Students develop independence of mind in developing their own ideas, analysing critical and contextual forms. The course develops their knowledge with an initial undertaking of a personal study. They will develop and apply their skills through experimentation, analysis and refining work as it progresses.
How can I support my child in this subject?
Make sure your child is supported to complete their homework tasks on time. Equipping your child appropriately with art materials for their lesson will also help.
Talk to your child about their work and help with presentation. Attending galleries and museums to keep up to date with the world of art will also develop their interest in art.
What equipment does my child need in this subject?
Key Stage 3 students will need a pencil, pen, glue, scissors, colouring pencils, rubber.
Key Stage 4/5 students will need a pencil, pen, glue, scissors, colouring pencils, rubber plus some specialist art materials that can be purchased as a whole kit from the art department.
Celebrating successes in this subject
We encourage students to attend our lunchtime and after school clubs. Reward points and individual prizes are given out during the year. Students are also able to take part in house art competitions. Every year we also have an end of year art show where the work completed by students for their GCSE and A-level courses is displayed for students, staff and parents to view.
Extra-Curricular Activities and Visits
In Key Stage 4/5 we have regular visits to museums and galleries in London and in the local area. In KS3 students attend the end of year show of the upper school.