The Visual Art Department is a highly skilled group of professional teachers and artists with subject specialisms spanning fine art, photography, 3D Sculpture and textiles. The department is focused on providing a creative environment where independence and creative enquiry is encouraged by a team of highly motivated staff.
We aim to ensure that all students produce innovative, individual and dynamic work, through exploring their ideas and recording their experiences cultivating resilience, and a love of learning. Pupils will experience and explore a wide range of materials, processes and techniques, embedding a strong foundation of core art knowledge. Pupils will become proficient in both practical and analytical aspects of art- evaluating and critiquing creative works using visual language from a range of cross curricular subjects. Students know about great artists from a range of genres, craft makers and designers, understanding the social context and cultural significance of Art on society.
We want pupils to leave with high expectations and ambitions for the future both personally and academically.
The department offers a wide range of opportunities in order for all students to engage actively in exciting art and design experiences to maximise and fulfil their potential across all key stages. This includes after school clubs, study support and intervention sessions, trips, visits as well as regular specialist workshops with outside artists and agencies.
Having double periods helps with the flow and delivery of the content. Specialisms are considered when creating the themes in Years 10 & 11. Year 9 is used as a foundation level. This is to cater for the skills and technical processes needed for Photography and Textiles. Teachers work in their specialisms as much as possible. Our Academic coach is used to support in photography especially and supports each exam group for at least on period.
Across all years’ work is formally marked (Written) half termly, using assessment criteria which is based upon the GCSE marking criteria (OCR).
Mrs L Shaw ( Head of Department), email: [email protected]
“We aim to encourage open minded, creative, critical reflective thinkers who have the courage and confidence to discover and contribute to the world around them.”