In art we aim to equip students with a broad and encompassing insight into the world of art design. We want to enthuse our students with an exciting curriculum that will enrich and inspire their creativity. Pupils will be encouraged to explore and experiment with a diverse range of materials which will allow them to express their own style and individuality.
Head of department: Miss A Barnard
What will students study?
Students will explore their creative side in response to both traditional and contemporary art work using a wide range of media in an expressive way. Pupils will gain confidence in observational drawing and learn to print, paint and pastel. They will develop and apply their skills through experimentation, analysis and refinement. Pupils will also have the opportunity to enrich their learning by taking part in various external workshops led by professional and award winning artists.
Students study the AQA specification in Art and will build portfolios reflecting the 4 assessment objectives. In year 9, pupils explore sub topics under a natural forms theme in a foundation style format, learning how to structure their sketchbook and develop skills in presentation whilst experimenting with an extensive range of media and techniques.
In year 10, pupils will build a coursework portfolio (60%) and develop a project centred on a theme of their choice to develop independent learning. Students will support their findings with trips to a gallery and the opportunity for skills based workshops. Year 11 will continue to build upon skills in more depth demonstrating high levels of refinement and contextual understanding.
The course provides students with opportunities to develop a personal response, ideas and observations. Students flourish through independence of mind and learn how to analyse critical and contextual forms.
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
In Art we believe that all students deserve a time to shine and are keen to celebrate success at every opportunity. Please check out our weekly newsletter which highlights pupils’ achievements and the exciting events that happen in the department. Pupils’ efforts are also acknowledged through our ‘Artist of the Month’ wall and regular feeds on the Art Twitter feed which displays work in progress and amazing talent in lessons. We like to challenge and motivate students with competitiveness and often tag homework projects into house competitions. The department is open for students every lunchtime to continue building on their creativity.
Extra-Curricular Activities and Visits
We offer a range of extra-curricular opportunities in Art from professionally led photography workshops to gallery visits around London. Each year we seek new and interesting workshops and visits to enrich our students’ critical and cultural understanding.