We believe that providing a creative outlet for pupils is vital to an inclusive education.
The Art and D & T are a faculty that are working together to encourage creativity and the use of thinking skills to help pupils to develop confidence and independence. The two art rooms are full of inspiration and displays of pupils’ work. Art staff promote a creative atmosphere where pupils feel confident exploring their own ideas. Independent learning and use of initiative is vital to the work pupils will produce..
Pupils work on themed projects which complement the work they complete in D & T. The teachers ensure that pupils have a solid grounding in the formal elements, which then progress to working on many different projects, including studying of historical, contemporary and local artists as well as cultural themes. To ensure pupils have broad knowledge of the history of art, homework is in the form of an art timeline which encompasses maths, English and research skills building tasks..
Pupils can get involved in our after school craft group to build skills and confidence. Talented pupils are invited to attend the after school club which gives assess to working with more advanced materials and equipment on live briefs, working with visiting artists which leads to work being displayed in galleries around Durham and Newcastle..
The department promotes independent learning and pupils can choose from AQA exam Board GCSE Art & Design, Photography, 3D Design or Graphic Communication courses. Pupils are encouraged to experiment in a wide variety of media and also study the ways artists, craftspeople, designers and photographers work. They are encouraged to “think out of the box” and take risks in their individual use of media, techniques and technologies.
We offer a variety of trips as part of the research stages of our projects which have included: Alnwick Gardens, Newcastle, Whitby and Beamish. During year 10 pupils are given opportunities to work with a visiting glass artist over a number of weeks, which enables them to design and create their own unique glass pieces..
Design and Technology and Art & Design are a faculty that extends pupil skills and deepens their understanding by planning and teaching themed projects throughout KS3. Students learn skills that they can transfer to everyday life. They will learn to analyse existing products and develop ideas of their own. Students will develop designing skills and become independent creative learners.
At KS4 pupils can choose GCSE Food, GCSE Child Development or alternatively Graphic Communications or 3D Design. These are all popular choices, with pupils enjoying learning and applying new skills in a wide variety of materials and techniques utilising the computer software packages and laser cutter within their projects.