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Art

Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life - Henry Miller

'The study of Art and Design...'

  • For self-expression.
  • For imaginative thinking and problem solving.
  • For visual literacy.
  • For skill and dexterity.
  • For analytical and research skills.
  • For increased perception and aesthetic awareness
  • For appreciation and understanding of your own and others' cultures.

Teaching Styles

Art is taught using a wide range of resources in a suite of dedicated rooms. We have facilities for painting, print-making, CAD, photography, ceramics, sculpture and some textiles and graphic art.

We are increasing the range of media and formats on offer to reflect the expertise of staff in the department. We believe firmly in teaching core skills and concepts, while developing independent expression as pupils gain confidence and maturity.

Homework

Homework is set weekly or fortnightly. Homework is varied and can involve first-hand drawing, collecting and/or researching. Pupils are issued with a hardback sketchbook to record work in.

Extra Curricular

We have a photography and an art club during lunch-times in KS3. We encourage all pupils to use the art rooms whenever they are available - which is most lunchtimes. We have sixth-form mentors who help run clubs, or assist with work. At GCSE and A Level we run numerous trips to galleries in London and abroad.

Grouping

Classes are mixed ability. Work is carefully differentiated to ensure all are supported and developed.

Keystage 3 

Year 7:

At HGS students will start their studies of visual elements in two-dimensional studies (painting, print-making, collage) within flat, decorative formats,using symmetry as an compositional device. In their three-dimensional studies (Ceramics, Sculpture) they will learn about basic clay construction techniques.

Year 8:

Students will start to explore visual language through more rhythmic, asymmetric arrangements of elements. In ceramics studies they will learn sophisticated hand-building techniques such as coiling.

Year 9:

Year 9 begins with students investigating spatial depiction in both two and three dimensional studies. They learn about perspective and tackle more complex descriptions of form in space.

Keystage 4 

GCSE ART AND DESIGN

What is the course?
OCR Art and Design (9-1) - J170-J176 (from 2016)

Coursework Portfolio – 60%

Three small projects, starting in Year 10 which together make up a portfolio of work. You will be given a very open ended theme – previous examples are ‘Underneath and Overhead’ and ‘Growth’.  Initially you will be guided closely by your teacher as to how to interpret them and what materials to use, but mid-way through Year 10 you can focus on media and subjects you want.

Set Task – 40%

The exam paper is given to you in January of Year 11 and you have until April to prepare for a 10 hour ‘test’, where you can make a piece of art in any media you wish. Some students paint, others work on computers etc.  The titles are varied and open to wide interpretation.

What I can do in GCSE ART and DESIGN

PAINTING, SCULPTURE, PHOTOGRAPHY, CERAMICS, GRAPHICS, TEXTILES, DIGITAL, DRAWING, COLLAGE.

We try to help you work with as many materials as we can, in order that you find the processes that suit you and your strengths and interests. You are making art which is personal and expressive, judged on quality of composition, drawing, control of media and reference to artists.

Key Stage 5 

ART AND DESIGN AT A LEVEL – FINE ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY

OCR Art and Design - H600 (from 2015)

These practical courses will enable you to develop the creative and intellectual skills for imaginative growth and to access the vast array of art and design further study and careers. It is an excellent complement to many other areas of study, as it teaches you to be analytical, to solve problems creatively and to gain a cultural awareness. You will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to Fine Art/Photography and may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce work. You will be expected to demonstrate specialisation in particular materials, media or processes. Drawing/recording skills should be understood and developed as ways of recording and communicating intentions, ideas and emotions. There is an important focus is on your recording through using drawing or other appropriate visual forms.

What is the Course? FINE ART

In Year 12 you will follow a course from September to March where you are learning and building skills free of assessment. The focus will be on teaching you how to draw, photograph, explore through printmaking, painting, sculpture, graphic media (ink, pencil etc) and digital processes. In addition you might explore textiles. In February you will be issued with an exam paper by OCR with titles you can interpret. You will present a body of work in media of your choice, exploring a theme of your choice to a conclusion in a timed exam. This unit is assessed.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Same structure as above, but the focus will be on learning analogue photography and darkroom skills, digital photography and Photoshop.

Both courses require you to continually engage with the work of other artists, designers, craftsmen and learn how to evidence their influence on your own work’s development (AO1 – Develop). Both courses require you to explore and experiment with materials and ideas, refining those ideas into compositions (AO2 – Experiment). Both courses require you to record from your own experience and Fine Art course requires you to draw (AO3 Record). For the assessed unit you must evidence those three objectives to gain marks – along with AO4 – Present, which is the requirement to produce a unified folder and final piece/s of work as resolution of your project.