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Our Vision

Where every member of our extended family realises their God-given potential, inspired by John 10:10. Jesus said 'I have come so you may have life in all its fullness' is routed at the heart of everything we do, for example, it has helped the Art Department to develop a Curriculum that explores and celebrates students’ individual and collaborative journey of creative discovery. Throughout Key Stages 3/4 and 5 we develop students’ artistic skills in order for them to fulfil their creative potential and promote wellbeing.

Appreciation of different cultures is vital in Art. Students will be introduced to a variety of cultures, broadening their horizons and enabling them to develop an understanding of traditions, considering stereotypes and misconceptions.

We recognise the importance of every child achieving their God given potential and we support this by nurturing a giving and supportive environment, where students are safe to express their views on their own work and the work of others through self, peer feedback and whole class discussions. They are encouraged to share their feelings and point of view, developing their confidence in giving and receiving constructive criticism and advice.

Introduction

The Art department is a lively, forward thinking and successful department that constantly reviews and adapts its practise in order to enthuse and support students of all abilities to enjoy and fully participate in every opportunity that the subject presents. Within the department there are two Art teachers and one Photography teacher. All staff are passionate about their subject and actively encourage every student to aspire to achieve their best.

Head of Art & DT Faculty: Mrs S Bayliss
Art Teacher: Miss Z Ward
Art and Photography Teacher: Mr T Chilman 

Key Stage 3 - Year 7 and 8

At Key Stage 3 students’ progress through varied and challenging projects that enable them to experience a wide range of starting points, materials and techniques.
In Year 7 students study Portraiture, respond to the work of Henri Rousseau, develop Graphic Graffiti style lettering skills and explore the work and techniques of Kandinsky; they will develop their drawing, shading, painting and collaging skills.
In Year 8 students explore the work of the Artist ‘Angie Lewin’ whilst studying their topic ‘Natural forms’. They will go on to explore the topic Masks and develop their perspective drawing skills. During this year they will refine their drawing skills and develop their confidence whilst handling a range of materials.

 Key stage 4 - Year 9, 10 and 11

In Key Stage 4 students complete the AQA GCSE Art and Design course. This exciting course offers students the opportunity to refine their drawing, painting skills and the chance to explore a wide variety of materials and techniques ranging from silk batik to clay work. Students will develop their analytical skills whilst studying the work of past and contemporary Artists. They will produce two practical coursework units, one based on the theme ‘Food’ and the other being ‘Landscape’ or ‘Mask and Disguise’.

Currently Year 9 students are exploring their theme ‘Food’ developing their skills through a variety of techniques including collage and stippling.


Year 10 students are in the latter stages of their ‘Food’ unit; they are producing a wide variety of studies including Zentangles and polyblock prints.


In Year 11 students are focusing upon the theme ‘Mask and disguise’; they are developing imaginative work using a range of approaches and techniques including silk batik and lino printing.

A-Level - Fine Art

In Fine Art at the start of Year 12 students will experience workshops using a variety of materials and approaches. They will develop their confidence at producing multimedia and multi-layered work. The techniques will push them to come out of their ‘comfort zone’ and encourage them to become more open to exploring the vast range of possibilities that art presents. 

A - Level - Photography

In Photography for the first two terms of the course, students will develop their photography skills in using the camera; contemporary, traditional and alternative photography; digital editing techniques; presentation of work and critical analysis of photographers’ work.

All students then move on to their Personal Study, Unit 3. They will conduct a practical investigation into an idea, concept or theme of their choice. Alongside their practical work students are required to submit written work. The written element must be a structured response of continuous prose of up to 3,000 words.

Then in Year 13 students will complete an externally set assignment, Unit 4. This exam unit involves students selecting one question from an externally set paper. To conclude the exam unit students produce a final piece/pieces within a fifteen hour exam.

Extra Curricular

Within the Art Department we actively encourage students to come into the Department during their study periods.

There is a Photography club that runs after school every Monday which caters for students from all year groups.

There is also an Art club that runs every week in both of the main Art studios. This is aimed primarily at supporting students in Years 9-13 who are working on their Art GCSE and A Levels. However, younger students with a passion for Art are welcome to attend.

Future Possibilities

After A Levels students can move into higher education, completing foundation and degree courses specialising in their area of interest.

There are many job opportunities within the world of Art. All large companies have a creative department that deals with marketing, promotion and advertising. They will also employ graphic designers to create logos and promotional materials.

There are also a wide range of careers that utilise artist skills including web and game designers, fashion designer, architect, film maker, product designer, magazine art director, illustrator, photographer, theatre artist director, stage and costume designer, music video producer, press photographer and animator.