Art is journey of discovery, learning new things and consolidating existing skills. Pupils are encouraged to develop their artistic skills on an individual basis and to work as a team where appropriate.
Art encourages pupils look at the art of other cultures across the world. This helps develop skills that are necessary to engender an understanding of, and respect and support for cultural differences.
It also helps an individual’s ability to form and articulate opinions and to think critically. Art can teach pupils about their surroundings. It allows us to imagine, create and reflect our ideas in a visual representation of our world.
During Key Stage 3, students get the opportunity to develop their skills in a number of different mediums. They cover two main projects per year and each unit is broken down into assessment points so that students and staff can build up the skills and gain a comprehensive overall grade based on an average of grades scored throughout the different elements.
Students are encouraged to see art in everything around them and learn how to express their observations through the different skill based tasks.
From Years 7 to 9 the Department sets up to half an hour homework every fortnight. Each group has homework detailing when each piece is set and to be given in. The period allocated for completion gives the pupil flexibility for research, planning his/her time or resolving any problems before the completion date. Each student has a folder that they will keep their work in as evidence of the grade they have achieved.
At GCSE level in Key Stage 4 homework is set weekly. All pupils will be encouraged to carry out research using sketchbooks, visual records, collections and preparatory studies as part of their course work. Pupils are expected to look at the work of artists, designers and crafts people and use this in their own work.
Resources and Facilities
The pupils are taught in well equipped, visually stimulating classrooms by specialist teachers. The shared area of the school’s network also includes many helpful resources to aid learning including photographs of good examples of pupil’s work. The Department also has a large selection of books which pupils can access as well as IT equipment including digital cameras and ‘Applemac’ computers.
Extra-Curricular and Extended Learning
Help and advice, as well as appropriate facilities, are made available during some lunchtimes and on certain occasions, at the end of the school day. In Key Stage 4 students are encouraged to attend lesson 6 which allows them time to add to their classwork outside of lessons.