Approach to Teaching
We aim to provide a stimulating and comfortable learning environment that encourages students to take risks, discover artistic strengths and express themselves visually with confidence and individuality.
We equip students with a broad range of practical artistic skills necessary for them to be independent and solve their own challenges.
Key Stage 3 (Year 7 -9)
Pupils explore and develop their creative skills using a wide range of media, both traditional and modern, producing artwork in response to a variety of stimuli.
We provide an atmosphere in which the confidence and enthusiasm of the student can flourish. We appreciate and value student’s individual responses and they are encouraged to develop awareness of and respect for the art of others.
Year 7 Project - Toy and Teddy bear drawing project
Year 8 Project - Jungle Painting Project inspired by Artist Henri Rousseau
Year 9 project - Portrait Painting inspired Artist Chuck Close.
Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11) GCSE
The course provides students with the opportunity to explore their interests in art and design in ways that are personally relevant and truly developmental in nature.
They will develop existing physical and perceptual skills through drawing and painting from observation as well as printmaking, 3D Sculpture, experimental mixed media work and sketchbook work.
Assessment is based upon a coursework portfolio which will provide evidence of at least two projects completed during the course and an externally set exam. Current GCSE coursework projects include:
- Cubist Composition and Structures.
- Natural Forms.
- Cakes and Confectionary.
AQA GCSE Fine Art syllabus
Coursework (60% of the total GCSE) At least two full projects completed in Year 10 and 11.
Exam (40% of the total GCSE) Exam Preparation Time (approx. 8 – 12 weeks). Final Exam 10 hours completed in Year 11 at Easter time.