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Aims: The Art Department vision is ‘To enrich the quality of experiences, by providing an experimental, contemporary curriculum, that stimulates, inspires, excites and challenges students, and generates future passionate and ambitious innovators and new thinkers.’
Facilities: Within the Department we have nine specialist Art teachers and one Art technician. The standard of teaching in the Art Department is outstanding. This has been recognised by Ofsted and throughout the school. The facilities we offer include a specialist ceramics studio with attached kiln room, a specialist photography studio and computer suite with both Mac and PC packages, a darkroom and seven general art studios that are used for painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, graphics and textiles. The Art Department also has its own newly built Art Gallery to display our students’ work. Within the Department we offer four areas of specialism - Fine Art, Textiles, Photography and Graphics.
- recording, exploring and storing visual information.
- working out ideas, plans, proposals and designs.
- looking back and reflecting on their own work, reviewing, evaluating and identifying their progress.
- recording of their learning and achievement, which they can use to develop further ideas, skills and understanding.
We also encourage students to use their sketchbook in a range of approaches that include:
- keeping a visual record of their observations from first hand/primary sources, such as, natural forms, buildings, manmade objects etc.
- recording personal responses to their experiences, environment, communicating ideas, feelings and interests.
- explore possibilities from their own imagination.
- analysing methods and techniques.
- making written notes about artists, art movements, cultures and the visual elements.
Extra-Curricular Activities: All students have the opportunity to attend Breakfast Club, Lunch Clubs and After School Clubs. Key Stage 4 and 5 students also have the opportunity to attend Saturday and holiday classes. Clubs include, Camera Club, Ceramics Club, Textiles Club, Arts Award Club, Art/ Textiles/ Photography Scholarship & Art Gifted & Talented Clubs (by invitation only).
'Pupils enjoy coming to school in large part because of the sporting, musical, theatrical and artistic opportunities that they have outside of lessons.'
Galleries and Museums: We have extremely strong links with the Dulwich Picture Gallery, which is located just a few minutes away from the school. We also make use of the numerous London galleries and museums, such as the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate Modern, the Tate Britain, the Saatchi Gallery, the Courtauld Institute, the Wellcome Collection and the Horniman Museum. Key Stage 3 Art Scholars and Art Gifted and Talented students and all Key Stage 4 Art, Textiles, Photography & Graphics and KS5 Art, Textiles & Photography students and have the opportunity to visit galleries and museums during their studies. We also offer an annual overseas visit to our Key Stage 5 Art, Textiles and Photography students. Our trips have been to Paris, Berlin, Florence and Barcelona. All of the students had a wonderful time and produced work that went towards their final coursework project.
‘In English, science, some humanities and the arts, progress was particularly outstanding last year.’
Arts Award: We offer Arts Award to Key Stage 3 & 4 students who are interested in the Arts. We currently run the bronze and silver awards in our after school club. Within the Arts Award, students take part in a range of workshops and activities. They also go on a gallery visit to enhance their appreciation and understanding of Art. Students who achieve the Gold Award will gain 16 UCAS points.
Art Scholarships: Art Scholarships are offered internally in Key Stage 3 & 4, and externally in Key Stage 5.The external Art Scholarship Award is worth approximately £1,000 pa in additional resources and tuition. Students can gain a scholarship in Art, Textiles or Photography. All Art Scholars and Art Gifted and Talented students have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities; these often take place during term time. The students have participated in drawing classes organised by the Courtauld Institute, the Design Museum and the Dulwich Picture Gallery, to name a few. All Art Scholars and Art Gifted and Talented students have the opportunity to visit galleries and museums.
For all queries regarding applying for a Key Stage 5 Art Scholarship, please contact the Sixth Form Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Last year, students made significantly better progress than average, particularly in English literature, fine art, creative writing, music technology, and government and politics.’
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Key Stage 3 Art
Overview: In Year 7 and 8, we work on units that last a term and are based on QCA guidelines. Lessons are one hour a week. All classes follow the same unit each term, however, individual teachers plan and resource the unit according to the needs of the group that is.
Homework: Year 7 & 8 students are expected to spend a minimum of one hour every other week working in their sketchbook to support their class work, as well as carry out independent research by visiting exhibitions, libraries or using the internet to learn more about individual artists, art movement or techniques. Students who aim to excel would spend more time on planning, exploring, experimenting and developing their work. ‘Fast track’ homework, which is optional, is also offered; this allows us to provide for the more gifted students as well as ensure that all students, despite their ability, are given the opportunity to enjoy art.
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Key Stage 4 Art, Textiles, Photography and Graphics
Overview: In Year 9, 10 and 11 we offer four areas of specialism: Fine Art, Textiles, Photography and Graphics. The examining board that we use is AQA. The GCSE consists of 60% coursework (all work completed over the three year course) and 40% Externally Set Assignment (ten hour test). Students are given at least eight school weeks, after receiving the theme for the examination, to prepare for the Externally Set Assignment. Students are required to complete a ‘portfolio’ of work over the Key Stage, produce several annotated sketchbooks and a range of final pieces.
Homework: Students in Year 9, 10 & 11 studying Art, Textiles, Photography or Graphics should spend at least one hour a week on their homework. ‘Fast track’ homework, which is optional, is also offered; this allows us to provide for the more gifted students as well as ensure that all students, despite their ability, are given the opportunity to enjoy art.
Art: During the GCSE Fine Art course, students are introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of fine art media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies. Work produced for this qualification will demonstrate the use of formal elements and creative skills, and give form to thinking, feeling, observation, design and ideas. Students will show evidence of trying to extend their own and others’ ways of seeing the world. Students will use the language of the discipline sensitively and thoughtfully to support their intentions. The disciplines associated with the GCSE in Fine Art include: painting and drawing, mixed media (including collage and assemblage), sculpture, land art, installation, printmaking, video and photography. Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of Fine Art, such as those already listed. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.
Textiles: GCSE Textiles involves creation, selection and manipulation across a variety of practices. The tools used in Textiles are wide ranging, and encompass traditional handicrafts and computer-aided technology, such as image manipulation using Photoshop software. Critical and contextual studies of artists, designers and cultures are integrated within the course. Students also have the opportunity to create fashion and costume textiles and also 3D textiles. Students use a wide variety of textile techniques, including constructed textiles (knit, crochet, weave and felted), dyed textiles (batik, tie and dye, fabric painting by hand and rusting), stitched textiles (hand and machine embroidery) and printed textiles (heat transfer, lino-cut, screen, monoprinting, relief, gelatin and stencil.)
Photography: Photography forms a means of personal enquiry and expression involving the selection and manipulation of images. Students must employ creative approaches, which go beyond mere observation and recording. Photography should form a means of personal enquiry and expression. Students are encouraged to work in analogue and digital technologies, moving image and stop frame animation. Students will have access to both studio equipment and our darkroom.
Graphic Communication: The Graphics GCSE course provides students with a broad experience designing primarily visual material to convey information, ideas, meaning and emotions in response to a given or self-defined brief. Students will learn a range of graphic communication skills and techniques through rendering and drawing by hand and digital methods. Students will produce various: illustrations, typography technical drawings, packaging and advertising for marketable products and systems used in the industry.
Key Stage 5 Art, Textiles, Photography and Graphics
Overview: In Year 12 and 13 we offer three areas of specialism: Fine Art, Textiles and Photography. The examining board that we use is AQA. The AS and A Level consists of 60% coursework and 40% Externally Set Assignment. Students are encouraged to work much more independently in Key Stage 5.
Homework: Year 12 & 13 students studying Art, Textiles or Photography should spend at least five hours a week working independently. ‘Fast track’ homework, which is optional, is also offered; this allows us to provide for the more gifted students as well as ensure that all students, despite their ability, are given the opportunity to enjoy art.
Further Education: Many of our students go on to study on an Art Foundation course after A levels. They regularly gain places at the top art colleges and universities, including The Royal Drawing School, CCW, Central Saint Martins and Kingston University.
A Level Art: In Fine Art, students will explore a wide range of 2D and 3D materials and techniques. Students will produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, land art, installation, printmaking, film, animation, television, video and photography; lens-based and/or light- based media. Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art media, processes and techniques. They are made aware of both traditional and new media. Students explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students may use sketchbooks to underpin their work as well as having a portfolio for any larger work. Students explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. Students' responses to these examples are shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions. Students will be expected to demonstrate skills in the context of their chosen area(s) of fine art. In addition, students will be required to demonstrate skills in a wide range of practical areas. To take A Level Art, students must have achieved at least a grade 6 in Art and Design at GCSE or have a strong portfolio demonstrating flair and commitment to the subject.
A Level Textiles: Students are introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of textile media, processes and techniques. Students will explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. They will explore a range of starting points and experiment with a wide range of materials and processes, which will be integral to the investigating and making processes. They will respond to a range of artists, designers and crafts people, demonstrating their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.They will be expected to demonstrate skills in all of the following:
• awareness of the elements of textile design, such as shape, line, scale, colour, texture, pattern, contrast and/or repetition in relation to the chosen area(s) of textile design.
• awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of textile design.
• ability to respond to an issue, concept or idea, working to a brief or answering a need in the chosen area(s) of textile design.
• appreciation of the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, the constraints of working to a brief.
• understanding of a variety of textile methods, such as: fabric printing, monoprinting, relief printing and screen printing; tie-dye and batik; spraying and transfer; fabric construction; stitching, appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting and embroidery.
The course incorporates practical work with written critical analysis and personal study. The course will be differentiated to accommodate students with or without a GCSE in Textile Design; however you should have achieved at least a grade 6 in Art and Design at GCSE or have a strong portfolio demonstrating flair and commitment to the subject.
A Level Photography: A level Photography is an exciting course, which will develop critical and cultural understanding; enabling students to develop personal, creative responses, whilst teaching the formal elements of photography and art and design. Students will study both contemporary and traditional approaches to Photography, utilising our Mac suite and darkroom facilities. The course incorporates practical work with written critical analysis and personal study. The course will be differentiated to accommodate students with or without a GCSE in Photography; however you should have achieved at least a grade 6 in Art and Design at GCSE or have a strong portfolio or photographs demonstrating flair and commitment to the subject.
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