Art and Design continues to be a successful subject at GCSE level, and this is complemented by an inclusive, comprehensive program at Key Stage 3. Students of all abilities are catered for, and we are proud of the fact that many of our students continue to study Art at A Level and further education.
Key Stage 3
All students are given a series of baseline tests in Year 7 to establish their working Level. They then embark on a program of study which covers a wide variety of disciplines including drawing, painting, three dimensional work, and ceramics. This allows students who may have little experience of Art at Key Stage 2 to make significant progress, as well as challenging more experienced students to work in different media. In Year 8 students are introduced to artists and art movements as well as building on the practical skills from Year 7. By Year 9, students will be expected to begin developing their own personal projects which they will research and develop in consultation with their teacher. This has worked particularly well in terms of not only giving students more ownership over their learning, but also gives students a much clearer idea of what GCSE studies will involve.
|Drawing skills||Observational drawing of Musical instruments||Fine Art drawing techniques|
|Pop art||Critical studies- cubism||Critical studies- Urban Art|
|Papier mache and 3D sculpture||Abstract Art||Stencil Art|
|Self-Portrait||Sculpture influenced by Pablo Picasso||Graffiti Art|
|Collage||Landmarks - Blackpool||Personal individual project|
|Mixed media/experimenting with materials|
Key Stage 4
Following on from Year 9, Key Stage 4 students are given freedom to develop their own projects within a clear structure. All students are clear about the assessment criteria for projects and regular feedback and one to one tutorials ensure that students have clear, individual targets. We take pride in the fact that students are able to choose their own path - to this end, recent projects have included work as diverse as fused glass, sculpture, photography, video, installation, and digital media.
Key stage 4 students follow the AQA Art and Design speciation. Here is the link: Art & Design
The course is divided between two components:
Component 1 (Coursework Tasks 60%)
• Students are required to submit a portfolio of work that comprises of a sustained project and a selection of further work which represents their course of study.
• This includes working with other artists, visits to Art galleries and museums, skill-based workshops.
• Students are expected to carefully select and create a portfolio which includes sketchbooks, design sheets, sculpture and fine art drawing and paintings.
• Written annotation must be evident in sketchbooks.
Component 2 (An externally set assignment - 40%)
• In Year 11 AQA will distribute an exam paper on 2nd January.
• Students will be given a choice of starting points (themes).
• Students have a specified amount of preparation time
• Students have 10 hours to complete an unaided final outcome/s.
The Art department delivers thriving Art Clubs after school. Miss Brannigan continues to run her successful Pottery Club with regular assistance from artists in residence Jim and Dylan Cross. Meanwhile Mr Elwell leads a well-attended Photography Club.
|Miss Bernie Brannigan||Director of Creative and Performing Art|
|Darren Elwell||Art, Design and Technology teacher, Head of Year|
|Lisa Salmon||Design and Technology and Art teacher|