The Art Department is a thriving department where students are regularly seen working at lunchtime or in the after school clubs that take place. The department consists of 3 full time and 2 part time teachers all with different strengths. We offer a broad approach to art and craft, having expertise in textiles, ceramics, printmaking and digital art. Many students continue with art at degree level with recent students gaining places at Goldsmiths and St Martins School of Art.
Art is all about being creative. The department aims to make students more aware of the world around them, both visually and morally. Students are encouraged to be active in decision making and engage in their work.
At Key Stage 3 students are introduced to three topics; still life, portraiture and landscape. Within these areas they are introduced to drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics. The topics are then enhanced by in depth studies of artists relevant to the project.
Through this broad approach to producing art, students build on artistic and intellectual skills, but also develop self-discipline, respect and independent learning.
GCSE Fine Art (Edexcel)
The GCSE course is a demanding one as students have to be able to work independently and make perceptive judgements about their work. Being able to draw well is not enough as risks must be taken in order to develop work in an exciting way. The course involves two components; a coursework portfolio which accounts for 60% of their marks and a 10 hour examination which accounts for 40%.
The four major areas are:-
- AO1 – develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
- AO2 – Experiment and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes
- AO3 - record ideas
- AO4 – present a personal and meaningful response.
AS/A2 Art (OCR)
The Art Department offers two endorsed areas. Students can study Fine Art and Textiles.
At AS level students must produce a portfolio which accounts for 60% and prepare and sit a 5 hour examination which accounts for 40%. At A2 students choose and develop a personal topic and this is supported by a 3000 written study which accounts for 60%. A 15 hour examination takes place in May and this accounts for 40% of their final marks.
The courses build upon the work done in GCSE but at a much higher level. Students are expected to be self-motivated enough to work independently in the sixth form art studio during and after school. They must have an inquisitive mind and want to explore ideas and problems posed by the visual world around them.
The assessment criteria is based on:-
Develop – Convincingly communicate evidence of an inventive development of ideas through investigations; perceptively analyse objects, images and artefacts. Demonstrate evidence of a mature understanding of purpose, meanings and their related context. Quality of language communicates ideas and development with perceptive analysis.
Experiment – Communicates evidence of an inventive exploration of the use of materials, processes, techniques and resources. Convincingly selects and demonstrates a mature understanding of reviewing and refining ideas, successfully identifying and interpreting relationships.
Record – Perceptively records and analyses images, objects and artefacts. Shows evidence of a mature understanding of intentioned, meanings and their related contexts. The quality of language aids recording and process with mature structure.
Present – Presents evidence of a personal, creative, mature engaged and informed response realising intentions.