Aims of the curriculum
The fundamental aim of the art department is to raise standards by helping students to develop an enquiring mind and the technical skills to express themselves confidently, creatively; with feelings and imagination. Art is one of the best areas of the curriculum to lead this approach and the skills students learn here can be applied to all their other studies and to the rest of their lives.
- Starter project to introduce students to ways of working at GCSE. This project focuses on art history and begins with a gallery visit to London.
- This project will involve skills such as keeping a sketchbook, using a variety of materials and techniques, developing ideas and producing a final canvas.
- Graphics based project building upon skills studied in Year 9. The project begins with an educational visit for students to gather ideas.
- Students will keep a sketchbook and complete a final piece of work for this project.
- Students are given ten hours to complete a final piece of work for this project.
- Students will then work on an exam question set by the examining body. This will involve completing a sketchbook and a final graphics piece.
- Students completing all work will be given the opportunity for their work to be entered for a GCSE qualification.
- Drawing and painting project based upon a visit to the Botanical Gardens and a study of natural forms.
- Entry for the exam for this project is compulsory and all students will be expected to complete both coursework and examination components.
Teaching methods and student organisation
- Year 9: 2 x 1 hour lessons of art per week.
- Year 10: 3 x 1 hour lessons of art per week.
- Year 11: 2 x 1 hour lessons of art per week.
- Students are taught in mixed ability groups.
- Materials are provided for students with the exception of sketchbooks and canvases. Students will be expected to buy a total of five sketchbooks and canvases over the three year course.
- Students are expected to contribute towards educational visits. London visits cost approximately £15, Botanical Gardens £10.
- Art involves a lot of hard work due to its practical nature. Students must be prepared to work a lot at home in their own time. Art builds students’ confidence, communication and expressive skills
Progression after Key Stage 4
Students gaining at least a grade C at GCSE may progress to AS level and then on to A level.
Additional classes and extra curricular activities
The department run after school sessions one night per week and students interested in attending these to catch up or do extra work should see their Art teacher. Students are welcome to work in the department before and after school and at break and lunchtimes. Individual staff run sessions on different days. Saturday and holiday sessions are also run near to exam times.