Art is an integral part of the curriculum, and pupils engage in this Creative subject from the very start of their first term at the school.
The two year GCSE course provides pupils with a wide range of “creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in art and design in ways that are personally relevant and truly developmental in nature”. The Fine Art orientated approach presents broad opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills through practice in two and three dimensional media including drawing, painting, printmaking, digital photography, ceramics and sculpture.
WHAT’S IT LIKE?
Remove (Year 10) Pupils will experience a variety of activities throughout the year which introduces them to a wide range of Fine Art orientated approaches and disciplines within Art & Design. The emphasis is on learning through experience and experimentation and should encourage independent thinking as well as developing skills and confidence. Pupils can select the best work produced throughout this year to be part of their final assessment portfolio for Component 1.
Fifth Form (Year 11) In the second year increasing autonomy is given, encouraging more personal and individual responses to a set theme. The main portfolio project for Component 1 is undertaken during the Michaelmas term and the pupils will tend to specialise in one discipline for the entire year. Component 2, the externally set assignment, concludes the course in the Lent and Trinity Terms. The course culminates in a formal 10 hour unaided work period.
Throughout the course the use of work journals (sketchbooks) is essential and these become the key record of visual research; observation; experimentation; the documentation and development of ideas; critical appraisal and contextual study. The work journals encourage personal involvement from the pupils helping to promote a sense of ownership.