The Art department are an experienced team who provide opportunities for students to experience a full range of creative, practical, and exciting projects. We encourage all students reach their potential and have a real sense of pride in their work. Art is a popular subject and the high-quality artwork from many of our students is displayed all around the school. Students study basic skills through interesting projects in year 7, 8 and 9 and this provides a solid base for the GCSE course.
Art at KS3
During KS3 students develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of Art in a wide variety of media. This includes a mixture of observational drawing techniques, painting skills, colour theory, pattern, and decorative work. Students are introduced to the wider world of Art including studying artists, art movements and art and crafts from different cultures.
Art at KS4
Three projects are completed during the GCSE Art course. Students use a variety of techniques and skills such as drawing, painting, textiles, photography, and print-making. Pupils produce work for a portfolio that is displayed in our annual art exhibition at the end of their course. Pupils are also expected to produce developmental work in a sketchbook - this includes sketches, colour studies, ideas, artist research and annotation.
There is an externally-set task for the final project that is worth 40% of the grade. The students have a six-week preparation period followed by a supervised time of ten hours to complete a final piece of work. Students are supported during the preparation period to ensure that they are confident to produce a high-quality piece of work independently during the ten hours.