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Art & Design - Key Stage 3

Why study Art?

A curriculum fit for the 21st Century:

Already 1 in every 8 businesses are creative, as are 1 in every 11 jobs. Workforce projections suggest that creative jobs will continue to grow at a fast pace and that our future economy will be built on creativity and technology. With artificial intelligence taking over routine tasks, there will be immense opportunities for people who combine creative, technical and social skills – skills that are resilient to future automation.(Nesta, Creativity and the future of work report, 2018)

We want to prepare our students to thrive in future job markets.

We are committed to promoting a 21st century skill-set with technological awareness, creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, project management and problem solving at its heart.  We offer a very broad curriculum to match the breadth of creative industries – most things are covered!

Through project based learning, visits and workshops we aim to provide our students with a global perspectiveon different religions, cultures, travel and employment.  As well as focussing on creative output, we have a duty to develop our students’ language skills so that they can articulate their thoughts and understanding in an effective way (be that verbally, in writing or in pictures).

A curriculum fit for the 21st Century:

Already 1 in every 8 businesses are creative, as are 1 in every 11 jobs.
Workforce projections suggest that creative jobs will continue to grow at a fast pace and that our future economy will be built on creativity and technology. With artificial intelligence taking over routine tasks, there will be immense opportunities for people who combine creative, technical and social skills – skills that are resilient to future automation.(Nesta, Creativity and the future of work report, 2018)

We want to prepare our students to thrive in future job markets.

We are committed to promoting a 21st century skill-set with technological awareness, creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, project management and problem solving at its heart.  We offer a very broad curriculum to match the breadth of creative industries – most things are covered!

Through project based learning, visits and workshops we aim to provide our students with a global perspectiveon different religions, cultures, travel and employment.  As well as focussing on creative output, we have a duty to develop our students’ language skills so that they can articulate their thoughts and understanding in an effective way (be that verbally, in writing or in pictures).

Throughout year 7, all students will experience and gain skills in the following areas: architecture; drawing; painting; textile design; sculpture; ceramics; graphic design and digital media.  They will complete 7-9 week projects, each with a different theme.  Where possible, projects address social and cultural issues.  There are also opportunities for cross-curricular links. Students will develop an understanding of the creative process, using research and experimentation to solve problems and develop ideas for an imaginative and skillful outcome.  They will develop language skills (visual, written and oral), reviewing their work and that of others.
 
In year 8, students are able to pursue their interests in more depth, working on longer projects.  Following an evaluation process at the end of year 7, students are placed in specialist groups that reflect their interests (drawing and painting; textile design; 3D design and ceramics; graphic design and digital media).  They will remain with the same teacher throughout the year, allowing time to investigate themes and briefs in more detail and practise skills in greater depth
 
Our delivery model is informed by GCSE specifications.

Every lesson, students receive feedback and technical assistance to help them to improve their work.  Formal assessments will occur at the end of each project, with detailed feedback and opportunities to reflect upon and improve their work.

When assessing students’ work we are making judgements on:

  • How clearly ideas are developed and presented
  • Ability to make links between own practice and that of professionals
  • Skill and control with media
  • Willingness to experiment with a range of materials and processes
  • Ability to draw with care and accuracy
  • Ability to reflect upon and refine work to produce outcomes
  • Presentation

All projects are supported by the contextual study of art, craft and design movements and practitioners, thus opening a window onto the world, both past and present.  Students are actively encouraged to discuss the issues and concepts involved, forming their own opinions whilst also appreciating the opinions of others.

There are opportunities for students to further their passion for art and design by attending the weekly art and photography clubs.  There are also opportunities to work with visiting artists and to visit galleries and exhibitions.

Every day our studios are open to students after school, providing the opportunity to ask for extra support or to use the specialist materials and equipment on offer. We have a discounted art store if students wish to purchase materials to use at home.

Art & Design - Key Stage 4

Why study Art?

A curriculum fit for the 21st Century:

Already 1 in every 8 businesses are creative, as are 1 in every 11 jobs. Workforce projections suggest that creative jobs will continue to grow at a fast pace and that our future economy will be built on creativity and technology. With artificial intelligence taking over routine tasks, there will be immense opportunities for people who combine creative, technical and social skills – skills that are resilient to future automation.(Nesta, Creativity and the future of work report, 2018)

We want to prepare our students to thrive in future job markets.

This starts by planning courses that enable students to achieve high level passes at GCSE, opening the doors to further study at Level 3.

Our aim is for students to build upon the skills and knowledge learnt at Key Stage 3 in order to become more effective communicators (in words and pictures), critical thinkers, and creative practitioners. The projects that students undertake need to be varied so that each student can experience a broad range of art, craft and design practice. The projects also need to be longer so that students can develop their ideas and practical skills in far greater depth.

Art & Design is an optional subject that is very popular (at least 50% uptake).  Students can choose a general art and design route, or a more specialist course.  They can study Art & Design and Photography if they wish. Options are as follows: Art & Design; Textiles; 3D Design; Graphic Design and Digital Media; Photography.  Following their experiences in years 7 and 8, students can make an informed choice.

Our aim is to develop the skills and confidence that enable students to become more independent as the course progresses. Students will need to respond to numerous challenges, using the creative process to develop imaginative, skillful and personal responses.  The GCSE Art & Design/Photography curriculum offers great flexibility and does not dictate subject matter.  Therefore the theme/subject matter varies from group to group, year to year.  The aim is to inspire!  Projects always relate to ‘real life’ scenarios and where possible address social and cultural issues.  There are also opportunities for cross-curricular links.

Every lesson, students receive feedback and technical assistance to help them to improve their work.  Formal assessments will occur at regular intervals throughout each project, with detailed feedback and opportunities to reflect upon and improve their work.

  • When assessing students’ work we are making judgements on:
  • How clearly ideas are developed and presented
  • Ability to make links between own practice and that of professionals
  • Skill and control with media
  • Willingness to experiment with a range of materials and processes
  • Ability to draw with care and accuracy
  • Ability to create ‘technically good’ photographic images using different cameras and editing software (GCSE Photography)
  • Ability to reflect upon and refine work to produce outcomes
  • Presentation

All projects are supported by the contextual study of art, craft and design movements and practitioners, thus opening a window onto the world, both past and present.  Students are actively encouraged to discuss the issues and concepts involved, forming their own opinions whilst also appreciating the opinions of others.

There are opportunities for students to further their passion for art and design by attending extra studio sessions after school. There are also opportunities to work with visiting artists and to visit galleries and exhibitions.

Every day our studios are open to students after school, providing the opportunity to ask for extra support or to use the specialist materials and equipment on offer. We have a discounted art store if students wish to purchase materials to use at home.

It is essential that Photography students have access to a camera at home. SLR or Bridge cameras are best – ask the photography teachers for advice before buying!

Art & Design - Key Stage 5

Why study Art?

A curriculum fit for the 21st Century:

Already 1 in every 8 businesses are creative, as are 1 in every 11 jobs. Workforce projections suggest that creative jobs will continue to grow at a fast pace and that our future economy will be built on creativity and technology. With artificial intelligence taking over routine tasks, there will be immense opportunities for people who combine creative, technical and social skills – skills that are resilient to future automation.(Nesta, Creativity and the future of work report, 2018)

We want to prepare our students to thrive in future job markets.

This starts by planning courses that enable students to achieve high grades at Level 3, opening the doors to higher education and/or workplace training.

Our aim is for students to build upon the skills and knowledge learnt at Key Stage 4 in order to become more effective communicators (in words and pictures), critical thinkers, and creative practitioners. The projects that students undertake are open to personal interpretation – it is essential that every student can discover and explore their own pathway. Whilst we endeavor to maintain a broad range of art, craft and design practice, students become increasingly specialised and learn to master the skills and processes relevant to their chosen field of art, craft or design.

Qualifications on offer: GCE A-Level Art, Craft and Design; GCE A-Level Photography; BTEC Nationals in Art and Design (L3); Cambridge Technical Diploma in Art and Design (L3); Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media (L3).

Students can pursue several specialisms through the above courses, developing their interest and skill levels at a higher level.  Smaller group sizes, greater maturity and expertise allow for increased levels of independence.  The start of year 12 is more teacher led with a focus on skill development and learning how to meet assessment criteria.  As students progress they lead their own investigations (with the support of teachers), tackling subject matter of personal interest.  Formal instruction in a wide range of techniques and processes, alongside one-to-one tutorials, ensures high levels of success.

Assessment is carried out in accordance with the exam board specifications.  We make regular reference to the assessment criteria to ensure that students understand how to improve.  They receive verbal feedback every lesson, helping them to progress with their ideas.  Formal assessments will occur at regular intervals throughout each project, with detailed feedback and opportunities to reflect upon and improve their work.

All projects are supported by the contextual study of art, craft and design movements and practitioners, thus opening a window onto the world, both past and present. Students are actively encouraged to discuss the issues and concepts involved, forming their own opinions whilst also appreciating the opinions of others.

There are opportunities for students to further their passion for art and design by attending extra studio sessions after school.  There are also opportunities to work with visiting artists and to visit galleries and exhibitions (locally, in London and Italy).

Every day our studios are open to students after school, providing the opportunity to ask for extra support or to use the specialist materials and equipment on offer.

We expect students to have a personal art kit containing the materials that they need to develop their practice.  This will enable them to make the most of independent study time and home learning.  We have a discounted art store if students wish to purchase quality art materials.

It is essential that Photography students have access to a camera at home. SLR or Bridge cameras are best – ask the photography teachers for advice before buying!