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Art & Design

Overview

The Art & Design Department contributes to the general aims of the school. This occurs through teaching:

  • KEY CONCEPTS: Competence, creativity, cultural understanding & critical understanding.
  • KEY PROCESSES: Explore & create, Understand & evaluate.

Art & Design is taught to all pupils at Key Stage 3 and to an option group at Key Stage 4. It provides pupils with skills and knowledge which will support their understanding of Art in their society and beyond. In Art we cover lots of 2D and 3D art materials including; pencil, colour pencil, printmaking, textiles, Photoshop, sculpture, photography and paint. By its very nature, Art history makes a valuable contribution towards the spiritual, social, moral and cultural development of all pupils.

 

Staff

Mr N Cullen – Head of Creative Arts Department /Head of Art & Design Department
Ms A Langhan – Art & Design Teacher
Mrs Z Cameron – Assistant Head teacher/ Head of SENCO/Art & Design Teacher

 

Curriculum

In Key Stage 3 pupils study Art & Design for one lesson a week and, across the key stage, covering a range of topics. Pupils will complete a number of units of work at Key Stage 3, through which they will learn the basic elements of line, shape, colour, tone, space, texture, pattern and form and a variety of two and three-dimensional processes. They will work individually and in groups and use of a range of appropriate materials to achieve the desired results. They will also study the history of art, craft, design and culture integrated with the practical elements of art.

  • Year 7 – Unit 7A: Beginning, 7B: Creature and 7C: People
  • Year 8 – Unit 8A: Fantasy, 8B: Celebration and 8C: Sport
  • Year 9 – Unit 9A: Protest, 9B: Portrait and 9C: Nature

In Key Stage 4 students follow a GCSE or BTEC Art & Design course consisting of 5 lessons a fortnight. The GCSE Art & Design course (EDEXCEL) is designed to suit those pupils who would hope to go on to tertiary education. Pupils are expected to complete two coursework projects showing their skills in art, craft, design and understanding/using artists, art cultures & designers in their artwork. The course consists of 60% coursework and 40% examination, which consist of preparation work and a ten-hour test. The BTEC Art & Design course (EDEXCEL) is again designed to suit those pupils who would hope to go on to tertiary education and go further into the Art industry. Pupils are expected to complete three module units showing their skills in art, craft, design and understanding/using artists, art cultures & designers in their artwork. The course will involve links to local art related industries, trips to galleries/museums and local artists.

 

Extra-curricular

Art and design clubs offer the pupils the opportunity to continue to develop their Art skills from their current classwork, access materials for homework or develop new art skills in specialist clubs like photography. Art clubs operate on the following evenings:

  • Monday Year 11 only
  • Tuesday Year 10 and 11
  • Wednesday Year 10 & 11 Thursday All Years (7-11)
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