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Art & Design

Who are we?

Head of Department:  Miss J Horbury

Teacher: Miss L Mitchell

What do we do?

The Art and Design department encourages students to use their creativity productively; to enjoy being an inquisitive researcher and to build confidence as a learner and maker.

Students use a wide range of materials, both traditional and non-traditional and keep ‘visual diaries’ and sketchbooks to record their findings. A range of 2D and 3D Artwork is produced and students are encouraged to develop their critical thinking skills in the appreciation of the Artwork of other Artists, craftspeople and designers.

Art galleries and other venues are visited in order that students may experience art works at first hand. The onus throughout both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 is on progress and enjoyment, leading to outstanding GCSE results and the best possible attainment for each individual student.

At GCSE, students produce two projects;  one is a self-portrait and the second is based upon natural objects. Both projects must cover four assessment objectives that include; observational drawing, developing ideas, studying and analysing the work of other artists and a final outcome based upon the previous objectives.  As part of the observational drawing tasks and analysing the work of other artists students are required to annotate their work using appropriate art specific vocabulary giving their thoughts, opinions and ideas as well as evaluating their work as it progresses.

This portfolio counts as 60% of the final GCSE grade. The remaining 40% comes from an externally set task. Students are given an exam paper and choose one question. They are allowed to discuss their choices with their teacher and will be advised upon the most suitable option to suit their skills. They are allowed eight weeks to prepare their work and must cover all the assessment objectives. They are then allowed ten hours to produce their final outcome. The ten hours is split into suitable blocks of time.

A day in the life…

An example of what students can expect on a typical day in Art & Design.

Year 8: Dia de Los Muertos

Each student designs their own mask based upon the beliefs of the Mexican people during the festival known as The Day of The Dead.

The festival is a time for celebration in remembering the lives of loved ones. It is a happy festival and very brightly coloured artefacts are a key part of the celebrations.  The students make 3d masks using clay which is fired in the kiln to 1000 degrees to make it permanent.  The masks are then painted with the students own design.

What career…?

The creative industries are growing, particularly the digital market.  Games design, animation and graphic design will continue to develop and a GCSE in Art is the first step on the ladder towards this career.

Other Art based careers are ; Architect, Set Design, Make-up Design, Fashion Design, Fabric/ Textile Design, Product Design (anything from tea cups to cars!), Art Therapist, Nursery Nurse, Childcare worker, Primary or Secondary School Teacher, Art Editor, Art Gallery Curator, Costume Designer, Design Engineer, CAD Technician, Glassmaker, Florist, Fine Artist, Illustrator, Jewellery Designer-Maker, Model Maker, Printmaker, Landscape Architect, Photographer, Sculptor, Signwriter, Stonemason, Tattooist, Web Designer, Computer Game Designer.