Art

In the Art Department, we aim to deliver the curriculum through an imaginative and engaging series of creative projects which deliver the fundamental components of Art and Design Education. Artwork produced ranges from small scale 2D to large scale 2D and 3D sculptural outcomes.

From the start of Y7 Seven students produce work into a good quality sketch book exploring image making through a diverse range of media and techniques including photography, digital artworks and experimental making processes and handmade work along with traditional input on developing drawing skills.

Beyond the curriculum the Art Department offers Key Stage 3 Art Club, which is extremely popular and students can enter a number of competitions each year. Art Club outcomes are individual and exciting and can be seen displayed across the walls of the Art Department and within our own Curve Gallery space. As a creative and passionate department, we have shared many successes over the years and have seen very prestigious outcomes such as being awarded the both Trafalgar Square 4th Plinth Design Prize and the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize twice.

KS3

The Art Department is a high achieving 3.2K facility situated on the school campus in The Quentin Blake Building, named after a former pupil Quentin Blake, the renowned Illustrator. Pupils display their artwork in a double height professional gallery, ‘’The Curve Gallery,’’ on an annual basis. GCSE and A Level Art results have been consistently outstanding for many years. A Level Art students gain places from the most prestigious universities. The department focuses on Independent Learning across all key stages, employing a diverse range of teaching approaches and strategies to deliver the curriculum. Our pupils are confident, enthusiastic and eager to experiment and explore their creative potential. 

Expected Equipment 

  • A4 sketch book purchased from the school 
  • Colouring pencils 
  • Felt tips 
  • A 2B pencil 
  • Ruler/eraser 
  • Glue Stick 
  • A set of paints (for home use/acrylic or watercolour) 
  • Paint brush 
  • Coloured papers (for home use). 
  • Resources for learning 

Gallery web sites can support the Learning of all student’s at all Key Stages 3/4/5. 

There is student access to all set homework in the student area named ‘EXTENED TASKS’. Each task spans 4 – 6 weeks and includes a range of different type activities including research, recording and making. There is an Extended Task(s) for each Project in the Programme of Study. These can be found in individual teachers folders for students in the student area. 

Curriculum Information 

  • Classes are taught in mixed form groups throughout Key Stage 3 

  • Students have two lessons over a two week timetable 

  • Homework is set twice half termly through the ‘Extended Task’ format. Students are expected to spend roughly 30 minutes on each section per week 

  • Feedback is in the form of stickers/coloured dots that represent LEGO. The EBI and WWW is used on all work pieces 

  • Teacher feedback at the closure of a termly project is in the form of a SOTO (A4 x 1 - Student Project Review) which is completed by the student and secured in the sketch book 

  • Sketch books (A4) can be purchased from the school 

  • Students are allocated one lunchtime per teacher weekly when they can work in the Art rooms 

  • ARTXE is a support session which is held weekly on Wednesdays from 3.00 – 4.00. Parental permission is required. 

Extracurricular enrichment 

  • Art Club held weekly at lunchtime 

  • Access to current competitions is in the student area under ‘Competitions’. 

Programme of Study 

KS4

KS4 Overview

The Art Department is a high achieving 3.2K facility situated on the school campus in The Quentin Blake Building, named after a former pupil Quentin Blake, the renowned Illustrator. Pupils display their artworks in a double height professional gallery ‘’The Curve Gallery’’ on an annual basis. GCSE and A Level Art results have been consistently outstanding for many years. A Level Art students gain places from the most prestigious universities. The department focuses on Independent Learning across all key stages, employing a diverse range of teaching approaches and strategies to deliver the curriculum. Our pupils are confident, enthusiastic and eager to experiment and explore their creative potential.

Expected Equipment

  • A3 sketch book purchased from the school
  • Art Starter Pack (a set of basic equipment essential for a GCSE in Art and Design)
  • Colouring pencils
  • Felt tips
  • A set of B pencils (2B/3B/4B/5B/6B)
  • Gel pens – a set
  • Ruler/eraser
  • Glue Stick
  • Paint brushes
  • A set of paints (for home use - acrylic or watercolour)
  • Coloured papers (for home use)
  • Tracing paper (for home use)
  • A trimmer – desirable
  • Cutting board - desirable
  • A camera – desirable
  • How to books (Art based) - desirable.

Resources for learning

Gallery web sites can support the Learning of all students at all Key Stages 3/4/5.

 

www.saatchigallery.comwww.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modernhttps://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/venues/hayward-gallery

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/https://www.npg.org.uk/www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britainwww.whitechapelgallery.org/

https://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/miho-kajioka-unfinished-spacesArt GCSE Analysis SheetArt GCSE Criteria

 

Curriculum Information

  • GCSE teaching groups remain with the same teacher for the 2 years
  • Students have five lessons over a two- week timetable
  • All teacher feedback is located in the GCSE Art Tracking Booklet which is issued to all GCSE Art and Design students at the start of the course
  • Homework is set on a two-weekly basis. Students are expected to spend roughly 1.5 hours per week
  • Feedback is in the form of coloured dots that represent LEGO. Individualised teacher targets are provided for all work submitted
  • Teacher feedback at the closure of a project is in the form of a feedback sheet to cover each of the four assessment criteria (AO1/AO2/AO3/AO4)
  • Sketch books (A3) can be purchased form the school
  • Art Starter Packs can be purchased from the school to support coursework outcomes
  • Students are allocated two lunchtimes per teacher weekly when they can work in the Art rooms
  • ARTXE is a support session which is held weekly on Wednesdays from 3.00 – 4.00. Parental permission is required.

Extracurricular enrichment

  • ARTXE weekly 3.00 – 4.00
  • Royal Academy Life Class workshop. Twice yearly
  • The Creative Process Art Lectures. University of London. Twice yearly
  • Community Art Projects yearly led by professional artist. Once yearly.

Trips

  • Yr10 - Orbital Sculpture – Olympic Park
  • Yr10 - National Portrait Gallery
  • Yr10 - UCAS Event – Islington Business Centre
  • Yr10 - Royal Academy of Art – Summer Show
  • Yr11 - Saatchi Gallery
  • Yr11 - Tate Modern
  • Yr11 - The Hayward Gallery
  • Yr11 - The Photography Trip to Margate
  • Yr11 - UCAS event – ExCel Centre

Career Progression

Art Career Progression

Programme of Study

Component 1 – 60% - coursework

Term 1/2 - Technologyscape - materials based work.

An experimental project where students are supported in the use of a diverse range of materials to present thematic investigations through workshops and independent research and recording work. Students can record in a variety of methods including photography and observation. The project includes workshops in both 2D and 3D.

Term 3/4 – Portrait – media based work

This project is media based. Outcomes are mainly 2D. Students receive workshops in drawing which lead into original development along a range of personalised themes. Students investigate a diverse range of media and processes.

Term 4 - Mock Exam - Natural Form – option of materials/media/2D/3D

Students select from either 2D or 3D outcomes. Investigations are personal and thematic. Observations and photography are utilised to explore and develop ideas. The selection of either media or materials is open.

Term 5/6 – Individual Targets. All coursework projects.

Individual targets are identified to support students in achieving the MTG/aspirational grade for coursework. Examination papers are issued in February.

Component 2 – 40% - External Controlled Examination

The focus is on sketch book work to prepare for the 10 hour examination. The work produced should cover the four assessment objectives. Starting points are selected from the examination paper and developed.

KS5

Art

KS5 Overview

The Art Department is a high achieving 3.2K facility situated on the school campus in The Quentin Blake Building named after a former pupil Quentin Blake the renowned Illustrator. Pupils display their artworks in a double height professional gallery ‘’The Curve Gallery’’ on an annual basis. GCSE and A Level Art results have been consistently outstanding for many years. A Level Art students gain places from the most prestigious universities. The department focuses on Independent Learning across all key stages employing a diverse range of teaching approaches and strategies to deliver the curriculum. Our pupils are confident, enthusiastic and eager to experiment and explore their creative potential.

Expected Equipment

  • A3 Work Journal purchased from the school
  • Art Starter Pack (a set of basic equipment essential for a GCSE in Art and Design).
  • Colouring pencils
  • Felt tips
  • Gel pens – a set
  • A set of B pencils (2B/3B/4B/5B/6B)
  • Ruler/eraser
  • Glue Stick
  • Paint brushes
  • A set of paints (for home use/acrylic or watercolour)
  • Coloured papers (for home use).
  • Tracing paper (for home use)
  • A trimmer – desirable
  • Cutting board - desirable
  • A camera – desirable
  • How to books (Art based). - Desirable

Resources for learning

Gallery web sites can support the Learning of all student’s at all key stages 3/4/5.

www.saatchigallery.comwww.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modernhttps://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/venues/hayward-galleryhttps://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/https://www.npg.org.uk/www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britainwww.whitechapelgallery.org/https://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/miho-kajioka-unfinished-spaces

Art A2 Level Exam Check ListArt Criteria DescriptionArt Y13 A2 Assesment Criteria

Curriculum Information

  • A level teaching groups remain with the same teacher for the 2 years.
  • Students have 10 lessons over a 2 week timetable
  • All teacher/peer feedback is located in the front sleeve of the Work Journal.
  • Work journals (A3) can be purchased from the school.
  • Art Starter Packs can be purchased from the school to support coursework outcomes.
  • Homework is set on a weekly basis through individualised teacher targets/development meetings. Students are expected to spend roughly 3 hours per week.
  • Teacher feedback at the closure of a project is in the form of a feedback sheet to cover each of the 4 assessment criteria (AO1/AO2/AO3/AO4).
  • Students have free access to the Art rooms at lunch and during private study.
  • ARTXE is a support session which is held weekly on Wednesday’s from 3.00 – 4.00. Parental permission is required.

Extracurricular enrichment

  • ARTXE weekly 3.00 – 4.00
  • Royal Academy Life Class workshop. Twice yearly.
  • The Creative Process Art Lectures. University of London. Twice yearly.
  • Community Art Projects yearly led by professional artist. Once yearly.

Trips

  • Yr12 - Saatchi Gallery
  • Yr12 - The Hayward Gallery
  • Yr12 - The Photography Trip to Margate
  • Yr12 - UCAS event – ExCel Centre
  • Yr13 - East End Art Tour - small private galleries around the East end of London

Career progression

Art Career Progression

Programme of Study

Component 1 – 60% - coursework

Year 12 - Term 1 - The Human Condition.

Commences with a series of creative workshops in both 3D and 2D: casting, textiles, sculpture, printing, photography, and drawing. Final Outcomes can be both 2D and 3D although one route can be selected. Students evolve personalised thematic work.

Year 12 - Term 2 - Materials based work.

The focus is on experimentation. Workshops are presented to explore and exploit the properties of a range of materials and media. Drawing and photography support the development of personal themes.

Year 12 - Term 3 – Yr12 Mock Examination. Preparation for Year 13 Creative Problem Solving – self defined projects.

The focus is preparation for the Mock examination which is linked to Yr12 coursework intentions. Artwork pieces are made over a 10 hour period. This is followed by student presentations. The aim is to support students in making decisions on areas of specialisation for Yr13. This is delivered through a number of routes including visits to Exhibitions/Lectures/presentations/research.

Year 13 - Term 1 – Creative problem Solving – Own brief – Phase 1

The focus is on research and development of ideas through investigations based on the identified area of specialisation and personally identified theme. Group critiques are held on a regular basis to provide feedback (teacher/peer). Work Journals are mandatory and support the final outcome(s).

Year 13 - Term 1 – Term 2 – Creative Problem Solving – Own Brief – Phase 2

Based on Phase 1 students review and reflect and define a route of study for Phase 2. They present to the group outlining areas of research and experimentation. Themes can progress from the original start point using previous work to inform future outcomes together with use of techniques/processes.

Component 2

Term 2/3 – 40% - External Controlled Examination.

The focus is on the Work Journal content to prepare for the 15 hour examination. The work produced should cover the 4 assessment objectives. Starting points are selected from the examination paper and developed.

Student Experience - KS5

Art has been my absolute favourite subject in A Levels. It has allowed me to explore my own mind and my artistic abilities, with a balance of guidance and independent work, and has pushed me to develop my skills and look at art in new ways. During Art A Level we have been taught new techniques, with frequent workshops showing us how to use a specific medium, 2D or 3D, which has helped push me outside of my artistic comfort zone many times – and our art department has many resources and materials, so I never feel like my art is limited. The Art department’s workshops and facilities have been a massive help in broadening my art experience and have helped me to cultivate my skills. These can include photography workshops along with experimenting with different mediums including oil painting, using ink, promarkers, etching and more. A Level Art involves a more thorough and experimental approach to work compared to GCSE as you look into different styles of art along with different artist research.

The Art department provides continual support and guidance for each student in order to ease the transition of GCSE to A Level, allowing each student to feel confident with each task at hand. Talking to the teachers about your work is encouraged and enables students to receive advice in order to improve, which has been a massive help in refining my work to a higher standard. Being able to explain, and perhaps critique your own work shows the extent of the research and knowledge you have about your piece, revealing your thought process. The art classroom is a protected environment, enabling me to express my ideas by consulting with my peers and teachers and constantly experimenting until I reach a final piece that I am happy with. I’ve also loved the art trips to galleries and exhibitions.

A fear I had going into this course was about the amount of work, but this is easily manageable, as long as you keep on top of it. Taking art alongside two non-creative subjects has been really refreshing and I enjoy my daily art lessons as they give me a break from textbook work.