We believe that providing a creative outlet for pupils is vital to an inclusive education.
The Art Dept. strives to encourage creativity and help pupils to develop confidence and independence in their ideas and artwork. The two art rooms are full of inspiration and displays of pupils’. Art staff are passionate about their subject and promotes an atmosphere for learning where pupils feel confident in exploring ideas through a wide variety of media to high quality final pieces.
Pupils work on themed projects which introduce them to a variety of media as well as artists and craftspeople. The teachers ensure that pupils have grounding in the formal elements, which then progress to working on many different projects, including studying historical, contemporary and local artists as well as cultural themes.
To ensure pupils have abroad knowledge of the history of art, homework is in the form of an art timeline which encompasses maths, English and research skill building.
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.
This is a summary of topics that the department cover in Key Stage 3, from years 7 until 9.
At KS4 we work alongside Art and offer Graphics Communication and Photography.