The Art Department
The Art department works to enable students to build self-confidence and self-esteem through their engagement in a wide range of art activities. Students will have the opportunity to develop their visual literacy and skills in art by using a range of materials and techniques, which will hopefully enable them to make things they are proud of.
Students experience using a variety of media, including painting, printing, sculpture and ceramics. They learn about the work of other artists and use this knowledge to inform their work. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively as well as individually, and are given the opportunity to learn important skills and techniques in order for their work to be successful.
The department has worked successfully in collaboration with artists and other professionals from outside school and the curriculum is purposely flexible enough to allow projects to develop when opportunities arise. Students joining at KS4 will initially work on a series of workshop-based activities which aim to quickly build up self confidence, as the activities are designed to virtually guaruntee impressive outcomes. Students are encouraged to be ambitious and imaginative, and to experiment with materials they may have not used before. The department currently delivers the AQA GCSE Short Course, which comprises 60% Coursework, 40% Set Task.
Work in class is supported by gallery visits and the involvement of art professionals from outside of school. This enables students to understand vocational aspects of art, helping them to broaden their knowledge of art from other cultures in particular. Lunch-time art clubs are also run to support students working on their porfolio of coursework and their set task project.
Students are involved in the assessment of thier own portfolio during year 11, enabling them to identify aspects of their work which are successful as well as areas that need improvement. In this way students see their work in the context of the attainment targets set by the exam board, gaining a clearer idea of how they might progress to higher grades.