The Art Department comprises a suite of 2 well equipped studios which enable us to enjoy a large creative area with its own unique atmosphere.
Key Stage Three
At Key Stage 3 we deliver a broad based course which enables students to experience as wide a range of materials, techniques and processes as possible. Drawing is the base of most projects. Each year the course covers a different type of painting, printmaking and 3D so that over 3 years students have had good preparation for the GCSE. Students receive one hour per week of Art throughout the year. Homework is an important part of our art education. It is delivered in term length projects in which students have a lot of freedom to use materials they like and reference artists they like and follow their own inclination while being encouraged to be inventive and dynamic.
Key Stage Four
The exam board followed in Key Stage 4 is Edexcel. There are two elements; Personal Portfolio (worth 60%) and Exam (worth 40%). Students receive 5 lessons every 2 weeks. The Personal Portfolio is the work created between September Y10 and Christmas Y11. This consists of four projects; one a term. A variety of skills and ideas are taught over the Personal Portfolio covering different cultures, the past and present in the world of Art. Drawing is the back bone of the course while sculpture, printmaking and painting form a large part of how students express their ideas. Homework is a key element of the course, allowing students time to refine and develop classwork and skills.
The exam preparation period runs from Year 11 New Year until the week before the Easter Holiday when students sit their 10 hour exam over 2 days. Keeping up with the weekly homework is the best way to ensure development of artistic skills and ideas.
The Department’s creative influence extends well beyond the Art lessons with displays all over the school site, set designs, costume making, lunch time and after school clubs, lunch time ‘open studio’, trips to drawing destinations like Flatford, Duxford, and London Galleries, visits from further education establishments, hosting a big Art show once a year, running competitions, as well as participating in the Creative Art Faculty evenings. Art is a lively and fruitful area of the school curriculum and continues to extend and develop its effectiveness within the framework of the school’s development policy.
Art is taught by two specialist teachers whose aim is to nurture the unique qualities of individual student’s creativity.