The Art Curriculum
The Art Department is delivering outstanding teaching and learning.
Our GCSE and A Level results are now consistently well above national average in Fine Art, Graphic Communications and Photography. We have created an environment that encourages creativity, innovation, independence, risk taking and where endeavour and success are always celebrated. We have developed schemes of work that fully utilize both traditional and digital skills in order to develop students’ understanding of art’s role in all aspects of human activity and culture. Our ultimate aim is for students to enjoy their time within the art department, continue to nurture their love of art and navigate their future career path using innovative thinking and creative skills.
Key Stage 3
Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of both historic and contemporary art.
Initially, students study the work of 19th century artist Henri Rousseau in order to develop their knowledge of composition and colour theory. The second scheme, using graphic design skills, has students investigating the 20th century Pop Art movement, in particular artists such as Roy Lichtenstein. Finally, learners research the African American art of Romare Bearden.
Students use printing and Photoshop to produce graphic artwork in response to the contemporary artists Adrian Brannon and Susan Stone. Learners then use the work of Lionel Smit to study portraiture and finally research the starting points of a wide variety of both historic and contemporary artists to produce a collaborative piece of in-depth research.
Throughout Key Stage 3, learners begin to develop analytical and evaluation skills in order to form personal judgements about art. They begin to understand how to use art and graphics to communicate ideas through both written and visual language.
Year 9 Foundation Art
Students will build upon the skills and knowledge learnt during Key Stage 3. Learners will gain experience in all of the key components of art and design inclusive of drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, research and analysis. The foundation schemes are structured to enable students to be upskilled and fully prepared for a potential GCSE course in Years 9 and 10.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Graphic Communication
This GCSE course builds upon the Art and Graphic Design skills and experiences developed in KS3.
The course develops students’ research and reflection skills in terms of their ability to evaluate their work and the work of others. Learners learn how to generate an idea using visual language in response to a design brief, as they would in industry, to produce a personal and meaningful outcome. Students will learn how designers have to consider the aesthetics of their design, any budget constraints and the requirements of their target audience. Students will explore a range of traditional drawing skills and digital graphic design techniques such as Photoshop, photography and laser cutting.
GCSE Fine Art / Art, Craft and Design
These GCSE courses build upon the art skills and experiences developed in KS3. The course develops students’ research and reflection skills in terms of their ability to evaluate their work and the work of others. Students learn how to generate ideas and a final outcome using a wide range of art techniques and media inclusive of paint, print, collage, Photoshop and photography. The course is intended for students who are innovative, enjoy taking creative risks and who can communicate ideas through visual language
Key Stage 5
The Art Department offers courses in A Level Fine Art, Graphic Communications and Photography
The Fine Art course involves developing an ability to create innovative pieces of artwork, using traditional and digital media for a wide variety of purposes. The art that is produced could be used as a form of self-expression, inform an audience, provoke a reaction or potentially for a commercial purpose.
The Photography course involves developing an ability to record and communicate ideas using imagery. The photographs that are produced could be used as a form of self-expression, to sell products, inform an audience or promote an event. Individuals who are creative, lateral thinking problem solvers would excel on this course.
The Graphic Communication course involves responding to a brief by using both text and imagery. The graphics that are produced could be used to sell products, inform an audience or promote an event.
Individuals who are creative, lateral thinking problem solvers are in very high demand within industry. There are over 3 million creative jobs in the UK alone. Commercial art areas inclusive of graphic design, games design, advertising, media and design using new technologies are undergoing unprecedented growth. Creativity now has an instant world-wide market. In any future pathway, creative or not, outstanding grades and final outcomes are a route into the best universities, whilst impressing employers in regards to the skill, a strong work ethic and commitment that are required. In the art department our team ensures that students develop creativity, as well as transferable skills and a clear pathway towards achieving outstanding grades.